Charities and clubs celebrate grants from Yate Town Council
1:30pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
GROUPS, charities and organisations which help the community of Yate have welcomed their share of more than £7,000.
Yate Town Council handed out a total of £7,168 in community grants at a special ceremony at Poole Court on Monday (September 16).
Those to benefit included friends groups, Scouts and Guides, disability groups, sports clubs, gardening groups, historical organisations and homeless charities.
Mayor Cllr Wully Perks, who presented the money to representatives of each group, said: “My theme for this year is celebrating all that is good in Yate. Every one of you has played their part in making Yate the special town it is.
“I am indeed very honoured to be mayor of Yate, which has so many wonderful societies without exception. And we (the town council) are aware of these organisations and the great work they do for the benefit of the whole town.”
South Gloucestershire Parents and Carers, a forum set up with government funding four years ago, has 350 members of mums, dads and carers of children with disability or additional needs.
The group, which provides support and networking for its members, is keen to move into the Yate and with a grant of £460 plans to hold coffee mornings in the town every month.
Rachel Trueman, from the forum, said: “Across South Gloucestershire we have lots of activities going on but we realised that Yate did not have a support group.”
Winston Williams, from South Gloucestershire Youth Housing which offers 34 beds for homeless youngsters on Station Road, Yate, said the £500 grant from the council would fund Wi-Fi at the hostel.
“Internet connection may sound like a luxury but it will enable these young people to apply for benefits and jobs and carry out other positive things like making friends online,” he said. “It will do a great job for them.”
Yate and Dodington In Bloom’s £500 grant will fund a new sculpture on land opposite Lidl, known as the Jubilee garden, and £200 given to the Friends of Yate Common will pay for 25 fruit trees to mark the common’s silver anniversary after it was saved from being sold for housing.
A cheque for £300 was presented to CASAL (care and support after loss), a group of widows which meets regularly and organises bingo evenings, day trips and provides a support network for bereaved women in Yate.
Court Ladies Group, which has 30 members and meets fortnightly at Shire Way Community Centre in Yate, was handed £100 for room hire.
The Friends of Kingsgate Park was awarded £200 to pay for public liability insurance and Shopmobility received £588 to help cover costs.
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