Cash boost for Hecky community

HECKMONDWIKE has been granted a pot of cash to share out between community groups.

The town has been chosen to receive £84,000 by the Community Development Foundation charity, which has chosen some of the most deprived areas in the country to allocate government funding to.

A Community First panel, made up of people who work in the community has been formed to decide where the money will go.

Ian Womersley, who is part of the panel, said: “Community First helps communities come together and strengthen local priorities.

“The project will run for four years until March 2015 and aims to support local schemes that improve the quality of life for the people of Heckmondwike.

“We want to promote a sense of ownership of problems and local opportunities, to start more neighbourhood groups, revitalise existing groups and help the community play a leading role in regenerating Heckmondwike.

“Heckmondwike has been allocated £84,000 until 2015 and a panel has been created to manage the budget and make recommendations about how the funding should be spent.”

Ian said other members on the panel included councillors and members of Heckmondwike community groups.

He said: “The panel will try to make decisions that represent and support all sections of the Heckmondwike community.”

Ian said the group wanted to improve the visibility and availability of groups in Heckmondwike, as well as letting people know what is available.

He said funding priorities were sports and activities, bringing people together, activities for children and young people and improving opportunities for older people.

He said groups and organisations could apply for between £250 and £2,500 which must be matched by donations, or in services or working hours.

The deadline for this year’s funding is June 11 but money is available for projects next year.