Financial support for volunteers to be discussed


    Thousands of pounds have been ringfenced to help sporting organisations in Stafford Borough as part of a new support package being proposed for the voluntary sector.

    Senior councillors will discuss providing more than £130,000 to the voluntary sector when they meet on Thursday (6 February.) It includes £60,000 to the Citizens Advice Bureau, £22,250 to Support Staffordshire, as well as money to Katherine House Hospice and Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

    Financial support will be given by the council to a total of eight voluntary sector organisations in line with the authority’s priorities.

    The report to the council’s Cabinet proposes a new grants scheme with a pot of £7,000 to be set up and administered by the Community Foundation for the purpose of sport. The money was previously dealt with by Sports Stafford Borough. The Community Foundation already administer the borough council’s successful ‘Small Grants Scheme.’

    Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure, praised the work of Sports Stafford Borough (SSB) who were instrumental in giving assistance to, among others, Olympic gold medal canoeist, Joe Clarke and Paralympian, Ian Marsden, at the early stages of their careers.

    She said: “Unfortunately SSB have experienced difficulties which is why we are proposing a way to ensure we continue supporting grants to the sports sector in the borough through the Community Foundation. This way there will be no change in the way organisations can apply, all the money is ringfenced for sport, and the eligibility criteria remains the same.”

    The report also reveals a sporting category is to be added to the popular borough council run Community Awards as part of the changes.

    The full cabinet agenda is available at

    Press Release No - 5593

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