A community group that brings together those hard of hearing has secured a grant from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Healthy Futures Fund to give them a new lease of life for meetings in Bingham.
The Rushcliffe All Ears group has secured a successful application to the initiative to now hire and insure a new venue at Chestnut Avenue Community Centre in the town, purchase a microphone and speaker and a pull up banner for their promotional events.
The fund is designed to engage groups or activities to sustain themselves and impact positively on the health and wellbeing of residents across the Borough.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason met the group at a pre-Christmas get together to hear how the Healthy Futures Fund has significantly changed their outlook as a support group.
She said: “We were delighted to help the Rushcliffe All Ears group with this funding, which has provided them with the means to branch out to further areas of Rushcliffe.
“More residents will be able to access their invaluable services and help, improving their wellbeing and reducing loneliness in our communities.”
Rushcliffe All Ears Group leader Jennifer Letts said: “We are so pleased that Rushcliffe Borough Council has awarded us with this grant so that we can hold meetings in Bingham.
“Our ambition was to open our doors to more residents, who may find it difficult to travel and provide them with the advice, support and guidance we can offer and with this money we can achieve that!”
The group’s bid highlighted the need of residents whom are hard of hearing and at a greater risk of social isolation. The group meet regularly and similar to the Super Kitchen, have support of local businesses such as Specsavers.
The group was also shortlisted for a 2019 Celebrating Rushcliffe Award in the Health and Wellbeing category.
If your group or activity wishes to apply for funding, please visit https://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/health/healthyfuturesfund/