SEVERAL Lancing-based community groups have secured council funding to help give them a boost going into the new year.
Adur District Council will give out tens of thousands of pounds to groups across the region, including Lancing youth group Electric Storm Youth, Lancing Football Club, Freedom Powerchairs, the Adur Sea of Lights and Friday Night Football.
The Adur Sea of Lights, a Christmas celebration held in Lancing on Saturday, received £2,000 to help make it more accessible for people with disabilities.
A council report said the Sea of Lights was important for the regeneration of the village shopping centre and would provide a much-needed boost for local businesses.
Organiser Andrea Ballance said: “The Adur Sea of Lights project believes that a community event is only truly a community event if there are no barriers preventing any child or adult from attending.
“Obviously for new groups in their first year it is very difficult to raise funds for substantial costs involved to make all facilities accessible and this is why we are so excited to receive funding from the Adur Community Grant.”
The grant was used to pay for two disabled Portaloos and to make the field accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, as well as to pay for materials for the main lantern pieces.
The sum of £5,000 has been provisionally granted to Friday Night Football, a weekly six-a-side football event for Lancing’s youngsters that is already supported by the council.
The report credits the scheme for ‘a considerable reduction in anti-social behaviour’ by encouraging youngsters into ‘socially acceptable and healthy pursuits’.
The report added that ‘hundreds of young people have been provided with a safe and well-structured six-a-side environment on a night of the week when other less constructive alternatives have been taken up to the detriment of the young people and the community as a whole’.
Electric Storm Youth has provisionally been granted £700 towards supporting youngsters on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, provided they it works together with local schools.
Lancing-based Freedom Powerhcairs, which makes custom mobility aids, has provisionally been granted £5,000 to help make its building more accessible to disabled people.
Chief volunteer Martin Osment said: “We are absolutely delighted and extremely grateful to Adur.
“Their grant makes a huge difference.”