September 7, 2017


Three local community groups and charities are to be able to expand their activities thanks to grants from Basildon Council. 

Policy and Resources Committee last night (Thursday 7 September) agreed to meet requests for funding the Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Service (BBWCVS), Action for Family Carers and the Ultima Trampoline Club.

BBWCVS, working on behalf of the Homelessness Working Group will get £2,000 to help extend their current winter night shelter provision from three to five nights a week. The Homelessness Working Group was established in March 2016 and last winter provided emergency shelter for 52 people, as well as services to help people rebuild their lives. 

Action for Family Carers is a charity that works across Essex to provide carers of people who are ill, disabled, incapacitated or elderly with information, education, respite care, recreation and advocacy. The charity is running a pilot in Basildon and asked for £432 to cover the costs of producing information about the pilot for carers.  

Ultima Trampoline Club will get £2,000 to help provide heating for the hall they use so that children can continue to train comfortably in the winter and promote increased attendance over the colder months.

Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee Cllr Gavin Callaghan said: “These relatively small sums of money will go a long way to help make a real difference to people’s lives. 

“Supporting the work of voluntary organisations and small charities in this way can make a significant contribution to strengthening our communities and providing a diverse range of activities and support for those who are often most in need.”

The next round of applications for funding of up to £2,000 closes on 27 October. For details go to http://www.basildon.gov.uk/grants