"Vital" funding given to New Ash Green scout group
PUBLISHED: 14:19 09 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:19 09 December 2015
The funding was part of a £1.4million donation
Young people have received a boost after National Lottery Funding was granted to a popular scouting group in New Ash Green.
A leader from the Ash Green Scout Group described the additional funding as “vital”.
More than 80 projects across the South East shared a donation a £1.4million donation from the Big Lottery Fund.
The scout group, which has more than 150 members, received a £6,000, which it aims to spend on fencing around New Ash Green’s Youth Centre, in Meadlow Lane where the group is based.
The grant was made as part of the fund’s Awards for All programme, which offers grants between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations.
Alan Gordon, 59 from Longfield, claimed the support could prove vital to the youth group.
He said: “We’re absolutely delighted, providing additional fencing means we can have an outside playing area without the danger of children going into the main road.
“Scouting is all about being outdoors, now once the fencing is erected, children will be able to go outdoors and practice pitching tents and all sorts of scouting activities.
“The funding means we can also spend money sound proofing the interior of the centre.”
Since 2004 the fund has awarded more than £8billion to projects across the UK.
Another local recipient, St Gregory’s United Resident Association is set to receive £9,067, which will be used to run a programme to help combat isolation amongst older people in residential communities.
Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund’s England grant making director said: “I’m really pleased to see so many projects across the south east will be bringing festive joy to communities, as new funding will enable them to harness talent and strengths and use these to deliver successful projects.
“At the heart of the organisations receiving funding today is their ability to support communities, deliver positive changes and help so many people make a real difference to their lives.”