Fakenham mental health project team hails £35k 'gamechanger' grant
A nature initiative supporting people with mental health challenges is set to benefit from what officials have described as a "gamechanger" grant worth nearly £35,000.
The Nurture Project, which is based in Fakenham, is one of eight projects in our area which are set to share over £100,000 of support from the Norfolk Social Infrastructure Fund.
The grant, which was announced yesterday, is set to be used to install a new floor and door for their Barn building, allowing them to provide services during the colder months and in adverse weather.
The work is also intended to make the facility more accessible for people with mobility issues.
Scheme co-ordinator Carlyn Kilpatrick said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Norfolk County Council are going to be supporting us through the ‘Together, for Norfolk’ programme.
“The grant is a real gamechanger and will help to improve the lives of our services users and others in the local community.
“Our project is specifically designed to support people living with mental ill health during the colder and darker winter months and the improvements to our site will make a tangible positive difference.”
Among the other projects to benefit from funding is the Harvest Centre in Weeting, which has been given £20,000 towards an accessible path and parking to make access to community events and the area's Foodbank easier.
The Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise has been given £19,261 towards the development of a new community meeting room and all weather outside space, which Swaffham's Iceni Partnership has been awarded more than £14,000 for upgrading its IT equipment.
A total of £8,400 will go to the Ashill parish council to help fund a new driveway to the village's community centre and playing field.
And the ongoing effort to provide new toilet and kitchen facilities at All Saints' Church, North Runcton will benefit from a grant of £7,800.
Just over £5,000 is to be spent on a new sound system at the South Creake War Memorial Pavilion, while £3,400 will go to the Bircham Cricket Club for its new pavilion project.
In total, the fund has allocated just over £1 million to 25 projects across Norfolk. More than 60 applications for support were submitted.
Norfolk County Council leader Andrew Proctor said: “Our county’s voluntary and community groups are an essential part of Norfolk’s infrastructure and that has been demonstrated by the excellent work they have done and continue to do in the pandemic.
“The funding through the Social Infrastructure Fund will support some of Norfolk's most vulnerable people and communities and enable them to safely come together again to enjoy a range of activities in improved facilities.
“The number and quality of the applications we received this year proved that Norfolk is full of great initiatives that will really benefit our residents.
“The £1m we have awarded will provide a real boost to the successful projects and allow them get new ideas off the ground or accelerate what they’re already doing.”