Do you want to set up a new group for adults in your local community?
Could you host a luncheon club?
Is a group you attend looking to expand?
Well, the Community Inclusion Grant could help you!
Our Adult Social Care Team helps to fund lots of different projects and groups for adults across Wrexham. From luncheon clubs, Yoga and art classes to bird watching and line dancing.
The grant aims to support the start-up of community based activities or expand groups and lunch, supper and breakfast clubs which support the independence, health and wellbeing of individuals living within their community.
Previously, recipients of the grant include Springfield Gardeners Club and Overton on Dee Community Gardeners.
Overton on Dee Community Gardeners said, “The grant has helped us to forge strong cross community links with members of various other village groups and organisations e.g. Overton and village hall committee, Overton Oracle, Overton community council, Overton WI, Overton bowling club, Overton British Legion, Blues and Roots Festival, Village Fete and local businesses.
It helped us to develop the integration within the village of older and younger villagers through a diverse age range of membership. It has widened, extended and developed a sense of community for all our members, and as a result, the village environment has been improved and maintained.
Following on from the success of the Community Inclusion Grant since 2012, we are now widening the eligibility criteria. This means that we will welcome applications from schemes that support older adults and adults with learning and/or physical disabilities and mental health problems, as well as informal carers.
Since 2012 the grant has helped nearly one hundred groups in the county borough.
Mr Phil Coops, said, “Funding from the Community Inclusion Grant has made it possible for our small group to obtain and make available equipment and material for the use of the whole community in a manner that has not been available before. We can now help the senior members of the district remember their previous years and recollect the past that they will enjoy.
“The process for obtaining the grant is quite simple to navigate and the staff were always available to help should there be any problems. As a group, they have been invaluable in helping us to carry out our successful application and project for the community.”
Cllr John Pritchard, Lead Member for Adult Social Care said: “The grants have already supported lots of community activities across Wrexham and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of setting up a community group or wants to build on an existing group to get in touch with the commissioning team.”
Grants can be used for sessions run by volunteers where people can meet together on a regular basis for activities. Proposals are invited from individuals and organisations for activities such as:
Lunch with good company
Learning new skills
Social enterprise / co-operative
Or email: CIG@wrexham.gov.uk for more information