New groups could get a start-up grant

Small grants are being offered for people who want to start up new activities in 2017.

Friday, 6th January 2017, 10:52 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 11:42 am
The Cheviot Centre in Wooler.
The Cheviot Centre in Wooler.

Maybe you fancy getting together with some mates to start a running group, or, with work colleagues, giving up smoking, or doing something different with your savings from giving up alcohol.

Or maybe there’s just a hobby you’ve always wanted to try and there are two friends who’d like to try it as well.

A small grant is available to help cover start-up costs. It’s easy to apply and already 20 grants have been paid out since April. Here’s what some of those who’ve had grants have said:

‘The knowledge we gained has helped improve our monthly meetings and we now have 20 members’ – U3A wine appreciation group

The new geology group in Glendale ‘paid the course leader’ and 20-40 people attended each session.

Wooler Angel Delight Ukulele Group said: ‘We have used the grant to help towards funding a teaching group at our local school. This takes place weekly, is attended by 22 children during school hours. They now have ukuleles and are tutored professionally and by our group members.’

The scheme is funded through Public Health and money is available through the three development trusts in north Northumberland.

For an application contact Glendale Gateway Trust at [email protected]