Group planning lots of community activities

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A group which has just been given a £3,000 grant is looking forward to putting on a packed programme of affordable and fun activities for the local community.

The Rushden West Community Association has been given a grant of £1,000 a year for three years by housing association Spire Homes.

The cash will enable members of the association to do training courses to allow them to put on various events for the community.

Members will take a food hygiene course which will allow the group to continue to host its popular coffee shop events, which take place from 9am to 11am on Tuesdays at the Highfield Community Baptist Church in Rushden.

Chairman of the group Shauna Boyles said: “It’s going to be first aid training, health and safety and basic food hygiene.

“The support we get from the coffee shop and from grants means we can do things.

“We are going to put a trip on to Wicksteed Park in Kettering and all the children will get a wristband. That will be in August during the school holidays so it will be accessible.

“We have got a tidy-up day planned for the area where we will go around and pick up litter and if people have larger items there will be a van going round and we will pick up items and put them in a skip.

“We have a diamond jubilee tea party planned, we have got lots of things on and lots of things planned.”

Mrs Boyles said members taking the right courses and having the relevant certificates were essential to keep certain events running.

She said: “Without the food hygiene training we are not able to run a coffee shop so at least one of the members needs to be food hygiene certified.

“We have asked that a lot of people on the committee and volunteers go on the course so we are not stuck if only one person has it and that person is ill.

“With the first aid course, first aid is always handy in case someone has an accident. Because we are accessible to children, it’s important to us that should anything happen to the children while they are taking part in our activities, they can get the help they need until they can be seen properly.”

Mrs Boyles said the group was hoping to raise its profile in the coming months by being increasingly active.

She said: “We are trying to do a lot this year. We are just trying to get the name out there so people know who we are again.

“We would like to be able to do things for people that don’t cost a fortune, we don’t all have a large income coming in.

“If we can put things on that everyone can afford, that’s what we want to do, we want to be there for the community.”

Rushden West Community Association is always on the look-out for new members and volunteers.

For more information or to pledge to help out drop into the coffee shop events on a Tuesday morning call Shauna on 07954 422843.