Bolton Council’s area forum coordinators will be informing residents about the latest happenings in their area tomorrow (28/08/09).
The coordinators will be present on Victoria Square on the first day of Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival, where they will update residents on the recent goings-on in their area and will welcome ideas and any suggestions for improvements in their communities.
So far more than 32 community groups have received voluntary sector grants to improve their community life through area forums.
Following a discussion at a forum on the future of Farnworth Market, £10,000 was given to improve the market, including investment in fixtures and fittings and help with clean up costs and toilet facilities.
A grant of £3,000 has also helped to improve the wide range of services at St. Luke’s drop-in centre in Halliwell which offers support to vulnerable people. It will also assist in setting up a shop next to the centre which will help generate income over the longer term.
In addition, Kearsley Mount Methodist Church received £8,000 to help with their refurbishment including funding for a new community room to be used by residents and groups for community based activities.
Also supporting the event tomorrow will be Squid.
Councillor Linda Thomas, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Health commented: “Residents who want to understand how area funding is spent and to find out how to apply for voluntary, community and non profit project grants should pop into their next local forum.
“These grants can help to start up new community groups, support existing groups and refurbish existing community facilities.”
Visit the website above to find out the dates of future area forums. Alternatively, contact the area working team (details on the right).