Groups ready to bid for share of £60,000 pot

Photo Neil Cross'Pamela Laird with Chris Clarkson and Phillip Murphy at The Willow Garden Project, Fleetwood
Photo Neil Cross'Pamela Laird with Chris Clarkson and Phillip Murphy at The Willow Garden Project, Fleetwood

Community projects in Fleetwood are being invited to share a bulging £60,000 cashpot.

Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood scheme has been extended for a third year and opens today for project bids that will benefit the community of Fleetwood as a whole.

The council is looking for creative ideas that will make a real, difference to local people. It could be something simple like new equipment to enhance the town, improvements to existing facilities that will encourage more people to use them, or new ways to reach people and bring communities together.

The Willow Garden Project in Fleetwood, a charity that supports adults with disabilities and mental health problems, received a grant of £3,000 in the last round of cash handouts to build an observatory in its sensory garden.

Pamela Laird, from the project, said: “The observatory complements the garden perfectly, and I know that it will be very much appreciated by our service users and the local community.

“The support we received through Shaping Your Neighbourhood has been brilliant, and the links we have established will no doubt help to spread the word to the local community to explain what the Willow Garden Project is all about. Thank you so much for supporting us.”

Shaping Your Neighbourhood was launched in 2012 to allow people to get involved in improving their neighbourhoods and over £450,000 in grants has already been awarded across Wyre. The money will be split between six regions in Wyre, with £10,000 available to each. Community groups can apply for up to £5,000 each. Find out more at wyre.gov.uk/syn. The closing date for applications is May 15.