Worth causes to benefit from county council funds

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EIGHT worthy causes have been given money from a county council committee. ​

The Community Initiative Fund grants were decided at a meeting of the West Sussex County Council-led Worthing County Local Committee at the end of last month.

The highest award of £5,000 went to a Worthing Community Partnership initiative to produce a quarterly newsletter called Active Age.

Sam Dewar-English, a partnership trustee and one of the volunteers on the project, said: “We decided to do it because the Worthing Neighbourhood Care Alliance ended in September, 2010, but we knew those people that used to access it were still out there. The idea is that it provides information on events and activities for older people, regardless of their mobility, whether they like sport or other clubs.”

The other awards were: £2,271.55 to 8th Worthing Sea Scouts towards a galley refurbishment project, £2,000 to Mick’s Garage to assist with mini-bus hire for the community group, £1,000 to Worthing Islamic & Social Welfare Society for the Worthing Mosque Open Day 2012, £1,000 to EXACT to help start up a drug and alcohol rehabilitation project, £500 to Worthing Youth Council to cover a funding shortfall for the upcoming youth election, £416 to 2nd Goring Scouts to cover annual volunteer subscription fees, and £250 to Selden Ward Neighbourhood Panel to purchase a cycle rack for a local shopping parade.

Committee chairman Bob Smytherman said: “Once again, our Community Initiative Fund has provided vital support for groups in Worthing. I would urge others who want to help the community, but need money to do it, to get in touch and we will see if we can help.”

For information, see www.westsussex.gov.uk