Eastbourne Borough Council has boosted the coffers of voluntary organisations with grants totalling £64,200.
Nineteen groups have benefited from the latest round of Small Grants, which are awarded to services providing advice on welfare benefits, money, housing and employment. The grants have also been handed to community development projects, youth activities and organisations supporting homeless people.
Among the recipients this financial year is Mobile Memories, which has secured £3,000 for a pilot project using a team of volunteers to help people with mental, emotional and physical disabilities return to the workplace.
Mobile Memories facilitator Veronica Payne said, “We are thrilled to receive this money. The project is designed to get people back to work and boost their confidence through training and work experience.”
The organisation plans to get six volunteers on board for the year-long pilot project launching this month and if successful, it is hoped the scheme will later be rolled out on a bigger scale. The council has given a further £7,750 to Age Concern Eastbourne towards its home visiting service offering welfare advice to people aged over 50 living in Eastbourne.
Councillor David Tutt, leader of the council, said, “I fully support the contribution these groups make to the community and am delighted we are supporting them. Given the financial constraints on public spending more generally, these Small Grants continue to provide vital help to the voluntary sector as a whole.”