Victory Housing Community Fund gives away �40,500 to north Norfolk community groups

A �40,500 windfall has been shared among 11 north Norfolk community groups.

The cash, from Victory Housing's Community Fund, represents the organisation's biggest-ever round of grant-giving.

Groups benefiting from grants of �1,000 to �5,000 are;

? Domestic violence charity Leeway which received �5,000 to help support existing drop-in sessions in North Walsham, and to extend services to other areas, such as Cromer and Sheringham.

? North Walsham Area Community Transport Association, �5,000 towards a fully-accessible, small bus to help with Dial-a-Bus services.

? Sheringham Skate Club, �5,000 to help create a high-quality skate and bike park.

? The Benjamin Foundation, �4,000 to provide free counselling services for 11-25 year olds with mental-health problems.

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? Upcher Community Partnership, �3,000 towards improvements and refurbishments, including a second toilet.

? YESU, Sheringham, �3,000 towards running costs, salaries and fuel.

? Norwich City Community Sports foundation, �2,500 to support the running costs for the North Walsham Kickz project.

? The Open Door Community Art Group in Sheringham, �1,000 towards running costs and materials.

? Binham Memorial Hall, �5,000 to provide a play area for children.

? Wells Skate Park Group, �5,000 contribution towards the capital for a skate park.

? St Seraphim's Trust, Walsingham, �2,000 to buy CCTV and towards a shaded pergola.

The grants, awarded by a panel of Victory Housing Trust residents, bring the total support for good causes to more than �180,000.

Victory chief executive John Archibald said, 'At a time when costs are rising for community groups, and funding is hard to come by, we are delighted to have concluded the biggest-ever grants round since the Victory Housing Community Fund was established four years ago.'

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