Thousands of pounds handed out to help county projects

A PROJECT that provides training and voluntary work experience to people with learning and physical difficulties is among 15 schemes to receive thousands of pounds in funding from West Sussex County Council.

Saspire will be presented with £20,000 from the County Council’s Social Enterprise Fund, subject to the call-in period, to help people with significant disabilities in West Sussex into employment and to help improve their confidence and wellbeing.

The charity, which has been based in East Sussex since June 2010, works mostly with people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. It wants to expand its potential into West Sussex, with focus on setting up a centre in the Worthing or Lancing areas.

The other projects that will receive funding are:

The YMCA is being awarded £15,000 to expand its current Brighton-based painting and decorating social enterprise into Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex. This provides support, employment and training for vulnerable and unemployed 14 to 25 year olds.

Rock-IT Enterprise of Horsham, is being awarded £20,000 to provide IT and employment training to young people, with its focus on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling.

Ifield Community Youth Services is being awarded £12,000 to set up a mobile recording studio and broadcast unit for use in schools and other locations to teach skills in editing, recording, designing and broadcasting musical events.

The Horsham-based Holbrook Youth Centre Management Committee is to receive £10,000 for the first year running costs of a new charity that will operate the Holbrook Youth Centre as the Holbrook Community Centre. The existing building is under review for Community Asset Transfer from the County Council to the management committee.

The Bewbush Community Nursery, in Crawley, is to receive £10,000 to run the existing children and family centre. The nursery is a staff mutual preparing to take over a service that West Sussex County Council currently provides.

Burgess Hill Town Council is being awarded £5,000 to set up a Community Interest Company to deliver and help in the delivery of community facilities.

The Stonepillow charity is to receive £30,000 for its project to help recovering substance users in engaging with the community.

The Community Partnership Ltd is to receive £7,500 towards the Billingshurst Community Crafts Shop, which is aimed at reviving the business environment.

Chichester area MIND is to receive £15,000 for its South Downs Rural Outreach Project to help promote mental health and wellbeing in the area.

Unity Arts Trust, of Chichester, is to receive £15,000, which will go towards larger studios. UAT supports artists at the start of their career.

The Haywards Heath Foodbank is to be awarded £5,000 to provide emergency relief to people in crisis in the Haywards Heath area.

Pulborough Community Partnership will be getting £8,500 towards setting up a Sussex farm food distribution business that will lead to reduced financial and carbon costs.

East Grinstead community radio station Meridian FM is to receive £13,100 towards employing a community access officer to help promote the station and its work in the community.

The Wisborough Green Youth Club is to be awarded £5,000.

Saspire and the other projects represent the second tranche of Social Enterprise Fund money the County Council has distributed.

Last month the County Council distributed £104,872 to six ventures throughout West Sussex through the Social Enterprise Fund.