The next South Area meeting is at St John’s Church Hills Road on Monday 30th March and here is the agenda.
The County Council’s streetlighting contractor Balfour Beatty will be sending a representative to explain the lighting contract, and answer questions about replacements in Queen Edith’s.
There will be reports on changes to the road layout in Cherry Hinton and Hills Road, and environmental services activity. Finally, the committee will vote on grants to community groups.
The meeting is open to the public and there is a slot at the beginning of the meeting to ask questions of councillors. Sometimes questions can be answered on the spot, and if questions highlight issues that need to be addressed, they will be taken up by councillors after the meeting.
The breastfeeding drop-in group that meets at Homerton Children’s Centre has been told it will have to close at Christmas due to funding cuts. Today, I took the campaign to Shire Hall, and urged councillors responsible for health and children’s services to help me identify funding to keep it going. I have received assurances that the issue of how breastfeeding support is funded in the county will be explored and I am very much hoping we can find alternative sources of funding for the group based at Cambridge’s Homerton Children’s Centre.
I am deeply concerned by the decision to cut this group’s funding. It’s short-sighted, and probably will not even save any money, as the children may miss out on the long-term health benefits of breast-feeding. It is a well-documented fact that breast-feeding boosts a child’s immunity making it less susceptible to developing allergies and it is so important for bonding between mother and baby.
I visited the group recently and discovered that it not only serves mothers in this area, but all over the city and beyond, offering advice and helping mothers finding it difficult to breastfeed.
Organisers of the group are campaigning to have its funding reinstated and have so far raised more than £900 in donations towards a £5,000 target which will allow it to become a charitable organisation and apply for grants. Anyone interested in finding out more or donating can go to: http://bfsupportmatters.org.uk/
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Rock Road Library is to have a new community room.
Cambridge City Council has just approved £20,000 to convert the existing children’s library into a community room which will be available for hire to local groups and residents for meetings and community activities. It will be managed by the Friends of Rock Road Library.
The money will also pay for a doorway to the library garden, meaning it will be seen from the interior, and be easier to use.
European funds have been used to produce a new map of Cambridge for cyclists.
What’s different about the new map is that it includes French and Spanish as well as English. It gives information on cycle hire and tours, as well as recommending a cycle tour of the city centre and routes out to Grantchester and Ely.
Tourists – and locals – can pick up the map at the Tourist Information Centre, or the railway station. It’s also being given to local hotels and cycle-hire and tour companies.
The maps are being funded for by the European ‘Bike Friendly Cities’ project, so it is apt that they will be helping European visitors. However, it will be to everyone’s benefit if we can increase understanding of where you can cycle and where not, and what the cycling rules are.
I’m pleased we are producing the map in other languages. English speakers are well catered for abroad, and I would like to see more material in other languages for the benefit of visitors from abroad.
Cambridge City Council gives community development and leisure grants to young people’s groups, sports teams, social clubs, community associations etc. The money can help with events, equipment or outings. Recent examples are the Cherry Hinton Festival, marquées and Christmas outings.
Priority is given to projects that help people disadvantaged by disability, low income or discrimination. Applications are invited from community groups and voluntary organizations, groups of local residents who can demonstrate the accountability requirements, or a combination.
Applications should be made to the Community Development Grants Team at the City Council, and will be decided by the area committees: for Queen Edith’s, this is the South Area Committee, which meets approximately every two months at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre. The next deadline is 22nd April and the grants will be decided on 9th May.
For more information on grants, and to download forms and eligibility rules, see the Council’s website or contact Elaine Shortt, Senior Grants Officer, tel 01223 457968, or email [email protected]
Contact the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on Cambridge 410535.
Cambridge City Council gives community development and leisure grants to young people’s groups, sports teams, social clubs, community associations etc. This could help with events, equipment or outings.
Here is a list of the types of organization and activity that attract grant funding:
- Organisations that provide activities and services to people who are disadvantaged or marginalised by their social or economic circumstances
- Organisations that enable people to improve their own well being and participate in their communities
- Organisations that enable people to participate in making decisions and influence the services that affect their lives
- Activities which increase people’s awareness of the city’s cultural diversity, and provides opportunities to celebrate it
- Activities which bring people together to identify common issues and bring about positive changes in their communities
- High levels of user involvement in identifying local needs and developing projects which respond to those needs
- Organisations which develop and deliver sustainable solutions to social and economic challenges
Grants for Queen Edith’s, Cherry Hinton and Trumpington are assessed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, which makes recommendations to councillors at the South Area Committee, which meets approximately every two months at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre. The next deadline is 31st March and the grants will be decided in May.
For more information on grants, and to download forms and eligibility rules, see the Council’s website or download a leaflet here: AC publicity leaflet
Contact the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on Cambridge 410535.
Are you considering a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or the Olympics this summer?
Cambridge City Council is waiving its usual road closure fees for parties in Cambridgeshire marking the Diamond Jubilee or the Olympic Games. The application process has been simplified too, to make it easier for people to mark the two big events. Anyone who would like to hold a party can contact the City Council on 507176, or visit the Council’s website on this topic.
People putting on the party as part of a group might also want to consider applying for a grant to help pay for it. The South Area Committee has funding for community events, and should contact the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to find out how to apply – telephone 41535, or email [email protected]
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