28th Mar 2019

The Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm Small Grants Programme at the Community Foundation

Anne Robinson, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Age UK Northumberland discusses how wind farm funding is making a difference locally

Older people in Bellingham are set to benefit from a new health and well-being service thanks to funding from the Ray Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Small Grants Programme, established by wind farm owner Vattenfall at the Community Foundation.

Age UK Northumberland received £9,928 to deliver a programme of support for older people diagnosed with long-term conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and lung disease.  Sessions will take place every Tuesday from 11am – 12pm in Bellingham Town Hall and include exercise, weight management, healthy eating, stress management and breathing techniques.

Anne Robinson, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Age UK Northumberland said:

“Our health can play a major part in our overall well-being and by creating a tailormade programme of support based on individual needs, we know that it is possible to improve the lives of people with long-term conditions.”

Paul Jones, Vattenfall’s Service Leader for the Ray Wind Farm, said:

“I’m pleased to see funding from the Ray Small Grants Programme support Age UK Northumberland’s new initiative to help make a real difference to people’s lives.  I would like to encourage other local organisations to apply for the fund before the deadline of 30th April.”

Pete Barrett, Senior Programme Advisor at the Community Foundation added:

“The Ray Wind Farm Community Benefit Small Grants Programme aims to support projects that improve the quality of life for local people.

“We’re delighted to back this new initiative improving health and wellbeing of older people in rural areas and would also like to announce a new round of funding available to community and charitable organisations in the region.”

The Community Foundation is calling for voluntary and community groups, charitable organisations and social enterprises operating within 10km of the 16-turbine Ray Wind Farm to apply for support.

The Ray Wind Farm Community Benefit Small Grants Programme at the Community Foundation will once again make grants between £500 and £10,000 a year, with successful applicants awarded a grant based on the recommendations of an Advisory Panel made up by members of the local community.

Applications into the Ray Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Small Grants Programme at the Community Foundation are now open and will close on 30 April 2019.  Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding via the Community Foundation website, by writing a short application detailing what the money would be used for if successful, and how this would go on to benefit the wider community.

For more information about the Ray Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Small Grants Programme at the Community Foundation, visit: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

or call Senior Programme Advisor, Pete Barrett, on 0191 222 0945.

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