Ashfield District Council’s Community Benefit Fund has been awarded to Ashfield Voluntary Action. The £12,000 grant, which will be awarded as £4,000 for the next three years, will allow AVA to work with local voluntary groups, priority areas, network forums and provide volunteering support.
The Community Benefit Fund was extended to cover the whole of Ashfield earlier this year. It aims to support people in Ashfield by making grants to established community groups and charities who work to directly benefit local communities.
Ashfield Voluntary Action are a registered charity who provide support to other voluntary sector groups throughout the District, as well as supporting individuals and families through a range of targeted projects. One project supported by AVA is the Step by Step project which supports adults with mental health difficulties by providing activity groups and training workshops. They have recently furnished, planted and re-designed the garden area into a tranquil oasis.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council, commented “The three years of funding shows our commitment to local groups who do extremely positive work for the community. This money offers stability and peace of mind for AVA, it will allow them to continue doing the fantastic work that they already do. We are proud to have such a valued organisation operating throughout Ashfield.”
Teresa Jackson, manager of AVA, said “It is wonderful to receive this funding for three years, it will truly make a difference to the groups and individuals that we support. I am looking forward to developing our relationship with the council and working together to improve the quality of life of the residents in Ashfield”