Five local groups in line up for Area Forum grants

South Gloucestershire Council

Five Bradley Stoke organisations will be hoping to win a share of a £36,036 grant fund at this Tuesday’s meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum in Winterbourne.

A total of 42 applications totalling £59,611 have been received from organisations in the Bradley Stoke, Filton, Patchway, Stoke Gifford, Winterbourne, Frenchay and Stoke Park areas covered by the Forum.

Sticky Fingers Toddler Group, a playgroup for 0-4 year-olds based at the Brook Way Activity Centre, is asking for £2,300 to be used for room hire and the replacement of toys and other equipment.

Another playgroup, Trinity Tots (formerly Bradley Stoke 0-5), has asked for £1,500 to pay for 40 weeks of premises rental and a coach trip during the summer. The group says the grant would allow it to reduce the cost of weekly membership fees and hopefully increase the numbers of children attending.

Bradley Stoke Woodcraft Group is looking for £325 to fund the purchase of equipment for an outdoor education programme for young people. With the money, members of the group would be able to learn bushcraft skills such as the safe use of tools, fire lighting, open fire cooking and the uses of natural materials.

Local breastfeeding support group Babies on Boobs is seeking £500 towards running costs, publicity material and books. The group meets weekly (on Thursdays) at the Bradley Stoke Sure Start Children’s Centre, Bowsland Green School, and provides mums with valuable information and tips to help them continue breastfeeding for longer.

Finally, the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group has asked for £1,004 towards the cost of setting up its new Explorer Scouts unit for young people aged between 14 and 18 at the Brook Way Activity Centre. £760 of the money  would be used towards the cost of renting the centre from Bradley Stoke Town Council, with the remainder being used to purchase uniforms for the unit leaders.

Bradley Stoke residents could also benefit from an application being made by the King Edmund Acrogymnastics group, based in Yate, which is looking for a grant of £3,000 – part of which would be used to purchase a ‘roller mat’ for a new gymnastics class at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Other topics on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting include an update on the future of Filton and Patchway Clinics (recently given a reprieve from closure by NHS South Gloucestershire) and the selection of local transport schemes to be supported with the Area Forum’s share of the Local Transport Capital Programme budget.

Tuesday’s meeting takes place at the Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne [map], starting at 7pm.

More info: Agenda for Tuesday’s meeting (SGC)

Ladies from the Babies on Boobs group

Photo: Ladies from the Babies on Boobs breastfeeding support group pictured at the Severnvale Community Showcase event in 2010.

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