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Record number of grants awarded by Girton Town Charity

1 Sep 2018

As part of its commitment to improving the lives of residents in the Village, Girton Town Charity has just made a record number of personal grants in a single month to help a total of eight individuals.

As part of its commitment to improving the lives of residents in the Village, Girton Town Charity has just made a record number of personal grants in a single month to help a total of eight individuals.

Following requests for assistance, the Trustees have responded by agreeing financial help for a range of circumstances including providing essential household needs, making homes safer and enabling transport to hospital appointments, not covered by the Charity’s popular Taxi Scheme.

Road safety

In addition, support was agreed for a Road Safety initiative, instigated by Councillor Linda Harford. The grant will be used towards the costs of producing and installing ten road safety signs in the Village which will feature illustrations and road safety slogans created by children from Girton Glebe School.

GTC is also funding the continued provision of Relate outreach services for the next three years at Girton Glebe School which deliver valuable counselling support for both children and adults, including a new Relate4Parents service and the Be A Buddy Scheme.

Valuable support

An interim grant was given to Macmillan Cancer Support as a result of the value it delivers within the Village to residents requiring support – and a contribution was made towards the roofing costs for the Girton Village Institute.

Dr Robin Hiley, GTC Chairman said: “Recent weeks have seen an unprecedented number of requests for help from Village residents and, as a result, a record number of individual grants have been given. We were also delighted to support several community causes requiring financial assistance.

“The last month has also seen us make an appointment to the vacant almshouse at

Centenary Court for which we had a number of applications. This means that all our existing 16 almshouses are now occupied and with plans to increase this provision to 21 homes over the next two years, we are addressing the clear need for housing in this Village.

Breathing space

“Our Centenary Court almshouses are for three-year appointments which offers families the opportunity to have a breathing space to manage personal circumstances, save money, or use the time as a stepping stone towards owning their own home.

“Of course for some families Social Housing can be a preferable option as it offers longer-term security rather than a three-year appointment. For our older residents, this timescale does not apply and they are eligible to remain in their home for as long as they can live independently.”

If you feel that you or your family could benefit from any of the Grants and Schemes, please contact GTC’s office.

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