Churches provide important help to communities during hard times, John Mole, Tyburn Ward officer told tonight’s ward meeting at Gunter School.
“With cutbacks, churches have become more active and have become mainstays for many local communities,” he told the meeting of councillors and members of the public.
Three of the six local organisations applying for money from the local ward committee of the Council are church based.
Kevin Warrington of Bethany Church Community Outreach was given £2,950 to help with a lunch club for older people in Tyburn.
£1,200 was allocated to repairs to the community hall in Vale’s St Cuthberts Church and £1,500 was given to an imaginatively titled group from St Mary’s Church in Pype Hayes. The 49 pensioners in the group refer to themselves as Recycled Teenagers, and had asked for the money to help run their activities.
The other three projects to benefit from Tyburn Ward’s community chest funds were:
Homestart, a service for vulnerable young families – £4,954
The Kickstart Academy, which provides sport and dance activities for youngsters at Vale Stadium – £3,450
Castle Vale TRA, to extend beyond Castle Vale and into Birches Green and the rest of the ward its three year contract to provide debt and benefit advice – £7,000.
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