To date, the ACT Board have approved 76 applications and made payments of £499K
Here are some examples of grants and donations that have been made by Anglian Community Trust (ACT)
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Helping people with disabilities enjoy sport
Disability4Sport provide a wide range of sporting opportunities and activities aimed at engaging and empowering disabled people of all ages and abilities, with the intention of improving physical health and mental well-being.
The money received from ACT will be used to help set up multi sports clubs at locations in Colchester and Tendring so weekly sessions can be held offering a wide variety of sports accessible by those with a wide range of disabilities.
Founders Jordan Smith and Abigail Saxon said: “The ACT funding will enable us to purchase new boccia ramps and equipment to enable us to lay on other sports such as sitting volleyball and new age kurling. We currently cater for people aged five to 80 and these multi sports clubs will further increase accessibility to sport for people with a disability.”
Outside gym to benefit the whole community
COLCHESTER’S Greenstead estate is to have it own outside gym thanks to ACT funding.
The Greenstead Community Centre is a self-sufficient registered charity which works tirelessly to provide a wide range of facilities for the estate’s residents. Centre Co-ordinator, Toni Knights, believes the outside gym will prove hugely popular.
“The beauty of this type of outdoor gym which is totally free of charge is that the whole community can use it. We’ve seen them elsewhere and the entire family can work-out together. The area where the gym is going is lit up so people can use if all through the year,” said Toni.
The community centre is also purchasing a defibrillator and some of the ACT funding is contributing to this.
Teaching parents the value of home-cooking
Home-Start Colchester has secured ACT funding to deliver a new Cook-Start programme to locally identified vulnerable families.
Home-Start Colchester’s Shelley Henderson said: “Cook-Start will be a new volunteer led project to support healthy cooking within the homes of disadvantaged families to support improved health for local children under 11. Volunteers felt that the only place to make a difference with healthy eating was in the family’s own home and support parents to make simple changes and mentor some good home healthy cooking. Home-Start would like to support the volunteer’s efforts to achieve this.
The ACT money will be used to buy ingredients enabling the volunteers to prepare dishes and leave with the family to pump-start their activities.
Greenstead Community Centre