Fair Share funding scheme comes to an end with more than £800k spent in Grimsby's East and West Marsh
THEY'VE had their Fair Share!
A funding scheme that has seen more than £800,000 spent in East and West Marsh has come to an end.
The Fair Share Trust was started in 2003 to provided funding for vital community projects. It was launched by Big Lottery and has helped thousands of people across Grimsby.
In total £881,183 has been spent and a celebration was held at the West Marsh Community Centre.
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Sue Fortune, grants manager at Lincolnshire Community Foundations said: "In the last ten years the money has helped in 13 separate projects.
"Money has gone to the creation of development workers, youth projects and the production of community magazines.
"It has been my job to help manage each project and help decide where the money goes."
Across the country a total of £50 million has been spent.
Here are some of the causes helped locally:
WEST MARSH COMMUNITY CENTRE: Centre manager Neil Barber, said: "The money given to us let us employ a development worker, a gardener and a receptionist. "We received in the region of £60,000 and the money has really kept this place going. "Fair Share has been without a doubt a great success."
HARBOUR PLACE DAY CENTRE: A day centre for the homeless and other socially excluded groups. The overall aim of the project is to improve the health and well-being of the socially excluded and vulnerable people of North East Lincolnshire. In April 2011, Harbour Place was able to add to their services by starting the Street Outreach Project. Project director Allen Young, pictured, said: "Our charity is not self-sustainable so we need to raise as much funding as possible. "The Fair Share Trust has created a legacy and over six years we have received over £100,000. "Without the money we would have had to close. "We are extremely grateful to the trust and we are now in the process of writing out applications for new funding."
CPO MEDIA: A unique community based social enterprise in Grimsby providing design, print, media and PR services. Managing director Stephen Ryder, said: "We received two lots of funding equalling a total of £20,000. "We used the money to produce a community magazine which was distributed to the East and West Marsh. "Many people have used and enjoyed the publication which would not have been possible without the funding. "It is great to see how far this money has gone." There is now an online version, too.
THE MOTOR PROJECT: A project which provides budding mechanics with the skills they need to secure jobs in the trade. Project manager John Bell said: "We received funding starting in 2004 and it ran until 2008. "We put the money into activities for young people including woodwork, go-karting and metal work. "The money has helped 450 young people in the area which is really great. "We are extremely grateful for the fund and none of it would have been possible without it."
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