Support services get grants from East Northants Council

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East Northamptonshire Council has allocated grants totalling £95,000 to community and voluntary sector organisations for 2017-20.

Each application for the three-year Community Support Grant (CSG) had to demonstrate how the organisation would tackle local issues under three key themes – debt management, counselling and support and community transport.

For the debt management theme, a £50,000 annual grant has been awarded to Community Law Service (Northampton and County). For more information, visit www.communitylawservice.org.uk, call 01933 313020 or drop into the Advice Shop at 32 High Street, Rushden.

The counselling and support theme grant of £20,000 a year has been awarded to Service Six. It will use the grant to improve counselling and support services across East Northamptonshire including access to specialist services around mental health issues. For more information, visit www.servicesix.co.uk or call 0193 277520.

Serve and Volunteer Action Oundle have also been awarded £25,000 a year for the community transport theme. They will work together to provide services for elderly and disabled members of the community.

If you live in Caldecott, Chelveston, Denford, Great Addington, Hargrave, Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough, Little Addington, Newton Bromswold, Raunds, Ringstead, Rushden, Stanwick and Woodford and need community transport services, call Serve on 01933 315555 or visit www.serve.org.uk.

If you live in any other town or village in East Northamptonshire, call Volunteer Action Oundle for your community transport needs on 01832 275433 or visit www.volunteeractionoundle.org.uk.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council Steven North said: “We’re committed to supporting the voluntary and community sector as we recognise the important role it plays in tackling the challenges facing our communities.

“By working with the sector, the council can make a real difference for the people of East Northamptonshire.”