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Local groups benefit from record level of awards recently made by Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund

Date
Wed, 19 May 2021
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The Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund panel awarded a further £72,000 at their recent meeting in May to four community projects in the Goole and surrounding area.

This brings the total awards made by the fund to a record £260,000 disbursed since December last year.

The fund receives a donation from RWE of over £220,000 per annum to support a wide range of community projects that benefit the local community.

An independent fund panel, which is made up of local volunteers, meets regularly to consider applications submitted throughout the year, ranging from improving community amenities and sports facilities, to enhancing community services and activities.

Linda Thornton, chair of the Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund, said: "The Wind Farm funding is making a big difference in Goole, benefitting local charities and groups and giving them the capacity to deliver much-needed activities and projects.

"Goole Youth Action (GYA), for example, recently benefitted from an award of £29,000 which will enable the Detached Youth Work project to operate for a two-year period. This gives GYA the capacity to have contact with a large number of young people in the area, providing them with positive diversionary activities.

"In addition, the award helps the organisation tackle some significant issues that the pandemic has had on young people, including increased loneliness and isolation, loss of self-esteem and the ability to socialise with friends and peers.

"Castaway Music Theatre has also been awarded a grant which enables the group to deliver a project called 'Sing for your Life'. This exciting project aims to bring people with and without learning difficulties together, bringing shared experiences, helping to increase health and wellbeing for all participants, combat social isolation and loneliness, and develop an open community choir in the heart of Goole."

The panel has also made awards towards modernising the floodlighting at Victoria Pleasure Grounds and supporting the community café in West Park, which is run by the Green Team.

Katy Woodington, community investment manager (UK & Ireland) at RWE, said: "At this particularly difficult time for everyone during the pandemic, we are delighted to see these funds going to a wide range of exciting community-led projects, and look forward to supporting fantastic local community projects for many years to come."

The main fund is open to receive applications all year round and the panel is currently meeting more frequently than usual to make funding decisions. Similarly, applications for up to £2,500 in value can be made at any time to the easy-to-apply-for small grants fund.

For more general information on the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund, or to make an application online, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/goole-fields-fund or email ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk

For further information on the wind farm and RWE, please visit www.group.rwe/en

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