Have Your Say
On Friday (31/07/15) 21 local charities and community groups from the Winchester area received a share of over £16000 as part of the Hampshire County Council Have Your Say.
Administered by Community First: Winchester, (formally WACA) members of the public were invited to cast their votes for their favourite and most inspirational projects. We received a fantastic response from the public with more than 2000 votes cast for individual projects. Projects like Food up Front: Elderfield a new not for profit community food enterprise creating a space to produce food, while providing volunteer and training opportunities who applied for funds to build and recover a much needed poly tunnel on their seven acre site.
Food Up Front founder Seb Mayfield said:
“'It's absolutely brilliant to receive this money! Not only does it mean that we will be able to involve more local people in growing food at our site but it also gives us a great deal of confidence knowing that people in Winchester have voted for us and believe in what we are doing.”
Other great causes to receive money include Winchester Dementia Friendly Communities and the newly formed charity Winchester Radio who applied for support for their bid to Ofcom for a FM community radio licence. Anna O'Brien from Winchester Radio described the awards as
"FANTASTIC NEWS! Thank you so so much! This money is a huge thing to a small charity such as ours, and will enable us to proceed with our FM Community Radio application.Thanks to the Community First team for driving these Grants on behalf of HCC. Important there are funding opportunities such as these HYSGs for small grassroots charities who aren’t in the position of the bigger organisations to go down the commissioning route."
To ensure the grants had the largest reach and greatest impact 21 local charities and community groups have received a share of the funding. To view the different projects supported and see who scored the greatest number of votes please use select from the links on the left of this page. Congratulations to Dementia Friendly Communities who came top of the leader board with over 200 votes and 10% of the vote share overall.