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North Herts Council awards over £4,000 to boost community projects

North Herts Council is pleased to announce that a total of £4,162 has been awarded to three community groups, following the recommendations made at Hitchin Community Forum on 11 June*.

Hitchin Triangle Gardens has been awarded £1,612 towards delivering their Triangle Tribe Bushcraft for Wellbeing sessions. Triangle Tribe is a monthly evening of Bushcraft families with teens aged 12 to 16. Activities include outdoor survival skills, ancient fire skills, open fire cooking, whittling, foraging, nature observation and making useful and decorative things from natural materials. Funding will go towards tutor fees, materials, refreshments, and overheads such as insurance, admin and promotion.

Vicky Wyer, Chair of Trustees at Hitchin Triangle Gardens, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this grant - the young people and families who attend Triangle Tribe get so much out of the outdoor skills sessions each month and we’re really pleased to be able to continue to run it with CultureWood next year thanks to NHC”.

Herts Vision Loss has been awarded £2,000 towards funding the first five sessions of a new Sight Life social group, aimed at supporting blind and visually impaired Hitchin residents. Herts Vision loss provide a range of services including information, advice, advocacy, counselling, assistive technology support, home visiting and befriending service. Funding will go towards facilitators, room hire, travel expenses for beneficiaries, volunteer expenses, refreshments, and publicity. The group has also secured £2,000 funding from the Letchworth Community Forum.

Clement Musonda, Herts Vision Loss CEO said: “We are deeply grateful to the Hitchin and Letchworth Community Forums for their generous grants towards the launch of our new Sight Life social group in Hitchin. This funding is vital in enabling us to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for blind and visually impaired residents to connect, share experiences, and access essential services. This community project will directly benefit 40 Hitchin and 50 Letchworth residents, respectively.”

The Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse has been awarded £550 towards delivering a Youth Showcase event in Hitchin Market Place. This event aims to highlight the talents and achievements of young people in the community, providing them with a platform to perform, present their work, and gain recognition. It also serves as a valuable opportunity for youth engagement and community building.

Alan Doggett, Secretary of The Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse, said: “ I am delighted with the support that North Herts Council have provided for the up-coming Youth Showcase event to be held in the Market Place on Saturday 28 September.

Some 20 local groups representing a variety of youth activities will be taking part. Working in partnership with NHC has helped create an event now in its second year that has been well received by the community.”

Jeanette Thompson, North Herts Council’s Service Director for Legal & Community, said: “These groups are providing important services to our communities, benefitting new parents, children, and young people, as well as those who are blind or visually impaired. This shows the wide range of services which we are proud to help fund.”

The next Hitchin Area Forum will take place on 17 September.

*grants are subject to the completion of the necessary formalities.

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