Community and voluntary sector organisations receive grants to help deprived communities

Real help for communities logoTwo voluntary sector organisations located in Telford and Wrekin and Stoke-on-Trent have been awarded part of a £15 million grant to assist communities hardest hit by the recession.

The targeted support fund, part of the government’s action plan for real communities, is providing 558 voluntary and community sector organisations with grants between £10,000 and £40,000. The grants are to help organisations assist those communities that have been severely impacted by the recession through a range of services related to information and guidance, health and wellbeing and employment.

In Stoke-on-Trent 5.9% of the working age population are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, the fifth highest in the region after Wolverhampton (7.9%), Birmingham (7.8%), Sandwell (7.4%) and Walsall (7.2%).

In Telford and Wrekin the percentage of working age population claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is 4.8% and the number of debt problems experienced by residents has risen by 109%.

Proportion of the working age population claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in the West Midlands by local authority district (updated July 2009)

Proportion of the working age population claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Telford and Wrekin and Stoke-on-Trent local authority districts (updated July 2009)

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The targeted support fund is providing assistance to the following organisations in the West Midlands:

  • Fairshare Credit Union, a not for profit cooperative ‘community bank’ based in Telford and Wrekin, was awarded a grant of £33,134. This grant will enable them to operate five additional branches in areas of high exclusion, providing advice and financial expertise to residents.
  • The Hanley Hope Centre in Stoke-on-Trent received £24,615, which will help them expand their pre-employment training programme offering training and support to unemployed people in a safe environment.

Grants have also been awarded to councils across the West Midlands to distribute to community and voluntary sector organisations, including:

  • Birmingham: awarded £1,004,620
  • Dudley: awarded £309,908
  • Sandwell: awarded £364,042
  • Walsall: awarded £354,367
  • Wolverhampton: awarded £235,230

The government has pledged to carry on supporting the voluntary and community sector through its action plan for real communities.

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