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We continue to support community groups

13 December 2017

We are delighted to announce another successful winner of our community fund programme, after revealing earlier this year that we would be handing out grants to help support local community groups, charities and not for profit organisations.

The Dukeries Community Workshop, based in New Ollerton, has been awarded £600 from the housing provider to put towards new equipment. The community workshop provides affordable workshop facilities for recreation and leisure time including: traditional and modern woodworking, metal work, kiln fused and stained glass crafts and the repairing and recycling of furniture.

Following the cheque ceremony, Tina Shirt treasurer at Dukeries Community Workshop thanked Newark and Sherwood Homes for supporting the charity through its community fund programme.

She said: “This grant will mean a lot as it will enable us to replace and upgrade some of our original wood carving tools, which after nearly 30 years of use by people of mixed abilities, is long overdue. Thank you Newark and Sherwood Homes for helping small community projects like ours.”

The workshop welcomes people of all ages and abilities to join friendly and informal workshops to develop a skill, helping to develop confidence and self-esteem while tackling social isolation.

The grant will be put towards replacing and upgrading woodworking tools and equipment to ensure there is enough equipment for everyone taking part.

Rebecca Rance, chief executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes said: “We are really pleased to be able to help local community groups such as the Dukeries and give them the recognition they deserve. We want to continue to support these groups who are often working tirelessly behind the scenes to offer valuable skills and support within the community, especially to those who need it the most.”

Earlier this year, Friends of Sconce and Devon Park, was the successful applicant to receive funding from Newark and Sherwood Homes. The historic park, which is Newark on Trent’s largest open space, was awarded £1000 to put towards an Educational Interactive Nature Trail. 

The grants have been possible as a result of procurement efficiencies created by working with Efficiency East Midlands, an organisation providing efficiencies for the public sector through bulk buying to achieve savings.