Fantastic news for our local Scouts in both Stamford and Bourne who have received grants of nearly £10,000 through the South Kesteven Community Fund.
A £5,000 grant for the 2nd Stamford Scouts charity will help towards their New Scout HQ on Empingham Road to improve youth facilities in the town. With much of the £10,345 project costs covered, the grant supports the cost of architect design fees for a building to house scouts and be available to hire for other local groups.
Stamford currently has two scout huts, one built as a farm building around 200 years ago, but neither offers space that is accessible to all regardless of physical ability.
I am currently working with the Stamford Scouts to see what other funding can be made available to support the development of their new Scout Hut.
Stamford and Bourne Scouts can now develop their Mental Health First Aid Course for adult volunteers and a series of sessions for young people thanks to a £3,449.68 community grant.
The project, with a total cost of £4,312, will help to improve mental health for young people across the south of the district and reduce the sense of isolation that the pandemic has caused. It will take place at the Scout campsite and other sites, and will including outdoor activities, possibly the first in months, based on nature and mental health awareness.
A COVID-19 autumn 2020 survey carried out by Young Minds showed that many young people with mental health problems are struggling to cope as they return to school, after months of living through the COVID-19 crisis. The sessions will also provide a model for other groups to run similar sessions making the project sustainable.
For more info: If you'd like to know more about funding available for community groups, charities or a project in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me.