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Mid Sussex District Council has allocated more than £92,000 in grant funding to local voluntary organisations to help them continue their good work in the community.

The District Council's Cabinet Grants Panel has agreed to issue grant money to 11 voluntary organisations across Mid Sussex. The grants will be used to help to deliver a variety of community projects including, new disabled toilets for the 1st Haywards Heath Scout Group, afternoon activities for members of Age UK, a new village hall in Bolney and increased support and advice for people with learning difficulties, their carers, parents and friends.

Kangaroos Playschemes for special needs children receive £2,800 towards the cost of running two Saturday Clubs; ‘PALS' for young children and those with more complex needs and ‘Breakaway' for older, more independent young people.

All the children and young people who attend Kangaroos have severe learning disabilities and often additional behavioural, physical and sensory problems. The Kangaroos scheme provides appropriate and enjoyable activities that enrich the lives of children whose social and leisure opportunities are severely limited by their disabilities. The scheme also gives them the opportunity to make new friends outside school, an activity that most children take for granted.

The Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus receive £1,000 towards the provision of an Adviser Service, Social Programme and Buddy Scheme for Mid Sussex residents. A Social Co-ordinator will organise a full and varied programme of social events and will manage the Buddy Scheme to enable people with any disability to access community facilities in the company of a carefully selected volunteer buddy.

"In these tough economic times, when Councils are facing unprecedented cuts in Government funding, it is so encouraging that Mid Sussex District Council is able to continue to offer financial support to local voluntary organisations," said Councillor Christopher Snowling, Cabinet Member for Health and Community. "Voluntary groups help to protect those most vulnerable in society so when times are hard it is more important than ever that they are able to continue with their work.

"It is a remarkable achievement that our local voluntary groups manage to make their limited resources stretch so far. Credit must go to the band of hardworking volunteers that help so many people in the local community and I'm proud that Mid Sussex District Council is able to help them carry on with the excellent work they are doing."

For more information on the distribution of Facility and Small Revenue Project Grants contact the Mid Sussex District Council Community Services Team on 01444 477495 or email LinP@midsussex.gov.uk.



8 March 2011

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