Grants help 10 schemes in North Norfolk

Ten community groups in north Norfolk are celebrating a share in a �29,000 windfall from a local charity fund.

The Victory House community fund run by the area's main social housing landlord has announced a round of grants aimed at helping grass root schemes.

Refurbishing a village playground and a village hall, helping buy a new community composter, supporting a new club for isolated people, helping deliver affordable and accessible gym sessions and replacing computers for CAB volunteers are amongst the projects which have received grants ranging from �500 to �5,000.

The awards, decided by a panel of Victory residents, bring the support for good causes supported since the Fund was set up by the Trust in 2008 to more than �125,000.

The successful bids were:

� Holt Youth Project - �5,000 to help deliver accessible and affordable gym sessions to the local community.

� About with Friends - �4,500 for the Cromer-based organisation which works with young people and adults with learning disabilities to start a community club for isolated individuals in the town.

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�Autism Anglia - �4,500 towards the salaries of family support workers for the north Norfolk area.

�Catfield Parish Council, - �4,000 to help refurbish and improve the village playground.

�Wells Area Partnership - �4,000 funding towards a project working with young people in Walsingham.

�Dereham, Watton and Holt Citizens Advice Bureau - �2,500 to fund eight replacement computers for the advice team.

�Trunch Village Society - �2,000 towards the cost of a new shredder for the community composting scheme.

�Ladybird Pre-school Nursery, Sheringham - �1,000 to help make its premises more secure from vandalism

�Walsingham Recreation Trust - �1,000 funding for redecoration and minor renovations to the village hall.

� Potter Heigham Good Neighbour Scheme - �500 to help continue to the scheme into a second year.

Victory chief executive John Archibald said: 'This is one of the biggest grants round we have had in the past three years, and brings to 45 the number of community groups we have been able to support.

'We set up the fund to make a difference at grassroots level, and these latest ten, diverse grants show the huge range of great initiatives we are able to support in the wider community in the north of Norfolk.'

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