Local community groups have benefitted from an extra 5,000 hours of voluntary work thanks to South Oxfordshire District Council’s new volunteering grants.
To date, more than £14,000 has been distributed to local charities and organisations by the council as part of its pilot volunteering grant scheme, which has already helped create five new football teams, provide extra athletics coaching and a new archery judge.
Sports clubs and community groups in the district have already benefited from the extra help, but they don’t have to be the only ones – there is still time for other local groups to apply. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 9 August 2019. Henley Hockey Club is benefiting from £750 to train more volunteers to become hockey umpires.
Small voluntary groups can apply for a volunteering grant of between £250 and £750 to help cover costs, for example, training as a sports coach or additional insurance needed to be a volunteer driver.
Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers, cabinet member for community services for South Oxfordshire District Council said: “I’m really happy to see such a variety of local groups benefitting from this trial. There is still money available and so I’d like to urge community groups to get in touch if they’re struggling to find volunteers because of the costs involved. We’ll be reviewing the trial in the autumn to explore if we can support this in the future.”
To find out more about the grant, eligibility and how to apply please see www.southoxon.gov.uk/volunteering