A new weekly column written by members of South Holland District Council’s cabinet. This week with Deputy Leader Nick Worth.
Not everyone in South Holland knows that more than 128 community groups receive support and funding advice from their council, with this year alone £128,490 being used to fund important community organisations and projects.
The reason I know is because, as well as being Deputy Leader of the Council, I am responsible for South Holland’s community services and accountable to residents for making best use of the money we invest in local communities.
What really pleases me is how our investment in turn brings in an extra £1 million of investment in facilities such as skate parks for young people, creating new volunteer opportunities and, through CAB funding, face to face advice on welfare benefits changes.
The vast array of projects the community development team gets involved in make a real difference to local society. Because of that I would like to showcase and celebrate more of the work of the team.
Over the last year the community development team helped more than 490,000 customers with 35,000 of those getting involved in arts and cultural activities including ‘Activate’, the Summer Fun brochure and activities, the London Mozart Players and of course our Pumpkin Festival.
Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall Museum hosts numerous arts activities as well as being a fabulous museum in its own right.
The museum has helped establish a new group that is now promoting events and heritage sites across the district. Community Development also has responsibility for The South Holland Centre, The Castle Sports Centre and Swimming Pool and The Peele Leisure Centre.
The South Holland Centre, of which I am a passionate fan, boasts facilities which are the envy of many similar sized towns. The centre is also part of a county-wide programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which has seen 13 new apprenticeships created, including one at the South Holland Centre.
The centre hosts hundreds of film screenings every year, as well as live performances from youth and community groups. It now has its own youth theatre and a very successful Youth Takeover team organising a variety of gigs culminating in Music in the Market Place.
South Holland is providing much needed support to all communities and I am proud of what we are able to do.