Chippenham Town Council announce last Community Donations of 2020
The Community Donations sub-committee meet three times a year to hear from applicants who are applying for a community donation. Applications must have objectives which support a vibrant Town Centre, a sustainable environment or neighbourhood and community benefits. They can also be in support of the voluntary and community sector working on improving the quality of life for residents of Chippenham. We are still experiencing challenging times, with charities and local community groups struggling to provide their support.
Councillor Richard Bambury, Chair of the Community Donations Sub-Committee said “We are delighted to offer these community donations to all the local groups in such challenging times so they can continue to positively impact the local community.”
In the latest meeting of the Community Donations Sub Committee, 4 grants were awarded in full to local charities and organisations to help support our community. Mayor of Chippenham, Teresa Hutton met with each community group in a socially distanced manor to award the group their cheque.
Chippenham Cycle Network Development Group aim to facilitate improvements to the cycling infrastructure in Chippenham, making cycling a more accessible transport option for people of all ages in the town. They were awarded £1,300 towards signage to improve cycle routes, creating a website, subscription to a virtual meeting platform, display equipment and printing of maps and leaflets.
Chippenham Hospital Radio have been broadcasting since 1983 and provide a radio service to entertain and inform with Chippenham focused news, health care advice and request based programmes. As well as broadcasting to those in the hospital who can feel lonely and vulnerable, the station is available for everyone in Chippenham to listen to via the internet or Alexa devices. They were awarded the full amount of £1000 towards insurance and music licenses to help keep the service going.
St Mary’s Catholic School PTA have been working hard over the past two years to raise money to refurbish one of the schools playgrounds. They had intended to use a group of parent volunteers to remove the old playground surface but are unable to do this due to COVID19 restrictions. They were awarded the full amount of £1000 which will allow them to pay for the surface to be removed professionally so the new equipment can be fitted.
Wiltshire Sight provide support services for those living with sight loss, such as advice on eye conditions, assistive technology and living independently. They have over 100 clients in Chippenham and were awarded the full amount of £1,090 which will help them to provide their services to more clients and their families.
The total amount of donations given was £4,390.00 and the remaining annual budget is £6,682.87.
The next meeting is on 11th February 2021 and the deadline for applications is 21st January. If you would like some more information regarding community donations then please click HERE.