Reach South Sheffield attempts to liven up local community life with £1,000 grants

Grants of up to £1,000 to improve recreational activities in South Sheffield have been announced by a local community organisation.

The application to the People Keeping Well Community Grants Fund is only open to organisations that operate in Lowedges, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Beauchief and Greenhill. Some from other areas in the south have already expressed disappointment about the territorial limitation.

However, it is proving popular among organisers from eligible areas, as ReachSS is already busy reviewing applications. According to them, the goal of the initiative is to improve health and well being, as well as to facilitate volunteering in these areas.

Craig Judson, trustee of the LBJ Community Forum in Lowedges, expressed enthusiasm for the grant as a way to bring the community closer together and provide some much-needed funds for local endeavours such as a community café and library.

He told JUS News: “Any access to funding is greatly appreciated in this time of austerity. We cannot rely on public funds and volunteering is a cornerstone of what we are doing.”

However some people in South Sheffield have questioned the decision to limit the fund to certain areas, and bemoaned the fact that other communities in the south were not allowed to apply.

Steven Sheppard, a community organiser from Gleadless Valley, said: “Unfortunately, though we are part of the South Sheffield area, we haven’t been offered the opportunity for these grants. I have asked why Gleadless Valley is not part of this, but up to now haven’t had a reasonable response.”

The closing date for the applications is 2nd January and the panel will make its decision by the 10th. You can find out more information about the project on ReachSS’s Twitter account:

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