Celebration fund gives first grants

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A celebration in Coronation Park and a party for adults with learning difficulties are set to benefit from a funding boost.

Corby Council’s grants sub committee allocated more than £3,000 on Tuesday to help people to mark the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

Among those to benefit were the Teamwork Trust, based in St Mark’s Road, which will receive £250 for adults with learning difficulties or mental health illnesses to enjoy a traditional street party and fete. The funding will enable them to take part in art and craft sessions to make pottery and crowns.

Vickie Bell, learning services mentor at the trust, said: “Our members found last year with the royal wedding their carers didn’t take them to street parties or events like that because there were lots of things going on and it might have been a bit frightening. Our members wanted their own event so we decided to open it to the everybody in the mental health community.”

Age UK Northamptonshire also received £250 to hold a Wii Olympic tournament in Corby for sheltered accommodation residents. East Carlton Coronation Hall Museum will hold an open day with its funding and the Late Developers Photographic Group will use a grant to photograph the Olympic torch route. A £250 grant was also awarded to the Friends of Coronation Park’s 1950s-themed day in the town centre park on June 4.

However £1,665 remains available for community groups to claim by June 15.