Wiltshire Council Area Board Funds Local Projects

Wiltshire Councils Salisbury Area Board last night (October 8th) funded 5 projects totaling £16,856.42

mySalisbury was amongst the organisations to receive a grant. The website exists as a news platform and works in partnership with Salisbury Radio. As an extension of the platform, we will be running community workshops to offer training and skills around journalism and media production. We received a grant of £4971.92 to procure equipment to facilitate training and for volunteers to utilise to create content for the platform. This will be in the form of Laptops, Cameras, Sound Equipment, and other items used in journalism and media production.

mySalisbury founder Andy Munns is excited to get the project going: ‘It’s fantastic that the Area Board has backed our project and I am enthusiastic to start the workshops with our volunteers who have already expressed an interest. I hope we can create a vibrant community platform with our volunteers creating content that the people of Salisbury want to consume.’

mySalisbury is open to all members of the Salisbury community and will make an announcement on workshop details in the near future. If you want to find out more or get involved with the project, please complete the form on our get involved page – https://mysalisbury.co.uk/get-involved/

The other projects to receive funding were:

Studio Theatre – Project Summary – With the theatres’ extension nearly complete attention must focus on external groundworks and boundaries. To ensure that the theatres’ surroundings blend in with the city’s green corridor beside the river Avon we will plant a hedge on the southern-eastern and western boundaries. The enclosed land will also be landscaped. Additionally, the theatres’ fire escape routes need to be upgraded to make them more user friendly for people in wheelchairs – £4384.80

Rise 61 – Project Summary – We are seeking to develop a creative hub on the heath where young people can engage in all sorts of creative activities like art design cooking gardening video editing and fashion design. We need funding to appoint a youth worker to lead and develop this project with the local young people on the heath. We believe young people’s creativity and energy is key to helping our community recover and rebuild after the CV19 crisis and this role and project will be key to unlocking their potential – £5000.00

Cancer Support Salisbury – Project Summary – We are a cancer support service for Salisbury and the surrounding area offering a drop-in, at Salisbury Quaker house. We provide befriending support groups and 121 information from various advisory services, phone or email buddy service, counseling, and other therapies such as reflexology for all patients and their close family affected by any type of cancer. Run by volunteers with the necessary safeguarding skills, we link in with hospitals GPs and other groups – £1000.00

Wiltshire Music Centre – Project Summary – Celebrating Age Wiltshire CAW Phase 2 will use arts heritage activities to reach the most isolated older people in the Salisbury area helping to tackle loneliness and aiming to improve their health and wellbeing through creative and artistic engagement. In particular, CAW will target those people who are vulnerable and socially isolated due to frailty ill-health dementia poor mobility, or caring responsibilities. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our work now draws on five different strands of both live and online activity. CAW is delivered by a partnership of community and arts organisations across the county led by Wiltshire Music Centre – £1500.00

Area Board Chair, Cllr Atiqul Hoque, said:

“It is fantastic to fund these initiatives, which will undoubtedly make a positive difference to the people who live in our wonderful city. With over £53,000 still in the budget for this financial year, I invite other local groups to apply for funding by visiting https://wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-area-boards. I look forward to seeing many more applications at our next meeting in December.

You might also like...