Community Groups Recognised at Inaugural Awards Ceremony

Dacorum Borough Council have recognised the borough’s most inspirational community projects with their first Community Grant Awards.

Charities, voluntary organisations and sports groups came together on Monday 26 March at a ceremony to award the winning projects.

Leader of the Council Cllr Andrew Williams, Chief Executive Sally Marshall and Cllr Neil Harden hosted the inaugural event at the Forum.

Community grants are open to all not for profit organisations and are designed to support community activities and improve the health and well being of residents in Dacorum.

Groups can apply for grants in the next round of funding which opens on Monday 2 April until Friday 25 May.

Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Corporate Services, said: “Congratulations and well done to all the community groups who received awards. It was a pleasure to see so many groups at our first Community Grants Awards. It’s clear to see that we have a thriving voluntary and community sector, with a great deal of enthusiastic and compassionate groups and volunteers, keen to make a difference in Dacorum. “

The winning projects were:

Dacorum Compact Partnership Award – Herts Vision Loss Creating Job Opportunities  

The scheme provided a job club for the visually impaired and blind people of Dacorum including specialist training, coaching and counselling.

Equality and Diversity Award – Sunnyside Rural Trust Community Café

The trust supported vulnerable young people and adults into employment by operating a community café which offered training and work experience opportunities, as well as the opportunity to grow and cook healthy food.

Community Capacity Award – St Albans StEPS Book ‘Banks

This project involved working together with local community venues to encourage and foster a love of reading with preschool children and their parents. It successfully set up six book banks in Dacorum and supported around 1500 children.

Regeneration Award – Aldbury Village Hall Revitalisation

The grant contributed to the general refurbishment of the facility, including a lighting overhaul and soundproofing.

Community Project Award – Dacorum Community Choir  Singing with the Community.

This group gave a range of performances in the community including Christmas light switch-ons and fetes, venues such as care homes and groups for those disadvantaged by age or disability such as the Heather Club.

Volunteering Award –  Home Start Hertfordshire – Parents as Partners

The funding enabled Home-Start to recruit and train 12 home-visiting volunteers to work specifically with local families in need of extra support with parenting and supporting them to be the best parents they can be.

Health and Wellbeing Award – Herts Inclusive Theatre – Inclusive Children’s and Youth Theatre Group

Through the funding they launched two fully inclusive theatre groups for children and young people in the Old Town Hall with 20 participants in total.

Other organisations that were highly commended at the awards were:

Hertfordshire Boat Rescue, Herts Roller Derby, The Hospice of St Francis, 4amCIC, Aeolian Singers and a Fresh Start.

Could your project benefit from a Community Grant?

If you are part of a community or voluntary group you can apply for a community grant of up to £3,000. The next round of community grant funding closes on Friday 25 May.

For support with your application or if you have any further questions please email or call 01442 228213

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