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Forest Of Dean voluntary groups get share of £140,000 funding pot

Voluntary groups across the Forest Of Dean will receive £140,000 funding over the next year.

Among those being supported are organisations which help to improve residents' health and wellbeing, provide key advice services, support isolated elderly people and young people not in education or employment.

The money will come from the Forest Of Dean District Council's voluntary and community sector fund (VCS Fund).

The council has extended existing contracts with the groups for another year, to give them and the communities they support the chance to recover post pandemic.

Cllr Paul Hiett, cabinet member for communities, said: "As a council it's extremely important to us to support, with funding, the organisations that directly benefit Forest of Dean communities.

"These groups are often set-up by volunteers and the work that they provide is a great asset to people across the district, whether that is through supporting both the young and old in our community, providing advice and training, or providing spaces to help combat loneliness."

Beneficiaries include North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice, Forest Voluntary Action Forum, Gloucestershire Young Carers and Teens In Crisis.

Nick Penny, projects manager at Forest Voluntary Action Forum, said receiving the flexible funding was of great benefit.

"It will be used in a variety of ways, helping to empower people within our communities by providing free activities, creative arts and health and wellbeing classes, as well as helping people within the Forest of Dean to have access to good advice, support and training."

Details of grants offered by the council, including the VCS Fund, can be found here  

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