Cash boost for groups

Sarah Lock.
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A theatre project and youth club are among organisations to benefit from a £100,000 Community Fund set up by Keepmoat as part of a housing project.

The fund is part of the Seasons housing scheme, a partnership between Keepmoat Homes, Barnsley Council, Chevin Housing Group, Berneslai Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency, which will see 875 homes built in Thurnscoe in the next 15 to 18 years.

Groups applying for funding must meet criteria set out by Thurnscoe Alliance, a group of community representatives.

This is the second year people have been invited to apply, with £5,000 shared between 13 groups.

Among them are the Hill Parent and Community Association, which organises activities for pupils at The Hill Primary Academy in Thurnscoe, including a breakfast club and after -school activities.

Association volunteer Julia Morris said: “We plan to use the money to buy arts and crafts materials, which will be used during after school sessions, and will also buy a sewing machine to make items which we can sell at fairs, allowing us to raise more money to support the group.”

Another group to benefit from funding was 2 Act Youth Theatre Company, which provides weekly dancing and singing sessions for young people aged five to 14.

Sarah Lock, partnerships and land co-ordinator at Keepmoat and a member of the Thurnscoe Alliance, said: “Seasons is a major development and regeneration project which is transforming the local area and, as such, ensuring that local people are involved and could benefit from the project has always been a priority.

“The Keepmoat Community Fund is one way in which this is being achieved and it is wonderful to be able to support so many fantastic groups who are carrying out great work in the local area.”