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Cash boost for Hartlepool foodbank during council handouts

Clive Hall and Al Wales of the Hartlepool Foodbank.

Clive Hall and Al Wales of the Hartlepool Foodbank.

COUNCILLORS have agreed plans to grant a total of £21,000 to three worthy organisations in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council is using a one off contribution from the latest budget forecast outturn from the child and adult services social care budget to help fund the grants that have been awarded.

Organisations to benefit include Hartlepool Foodbank, Age UK Teesside and Hartlepool Access Group.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the full council, where the plan was unanimously backed.

Bosses at the Hartlepool Foodbank, which is based in Church Street, say they are thankful for the “ongoing support” of the local authority and said along with other funding contributions and donations it allows them to carry on helping those residents most in need.

The Mail launched our We Can Do It campaign in late 2012 to help boost the foodbank by encouraging donations.

At the meeting, councillors were requested to approve a one off contribution of £21,143 from the latest budget forecast outturn from the child and adult services social care budget to the community pool programme.

The money went into ‘category four’ of the community pool, which is for the provision of town-wide specialist and support services. The organisations received:

l Hartlepool Foodbank - £2,111, this contribution increases the total support to £10,000.

l Age UK Teesside - £9,032.

l Hartlepool Access Group - £10,000.

Hartlepool Foodbank manager Al Wales said: “The ongoing support of the council and other organisations along with generous members of the public enable us to both maintain the good work of the Foodbank and start to look at other possible ways of supporting people in Hartlepool who may find themselves in a crisis situation.”

In April, community groups and organisations were celebrating after being awarded a share of £75,000 from the community pool.

Then, grants of between £4,000 and £10,000 to a total of nine good causes including Hartlepool PATCH, Hartlepool Mind, in Tees Street, the Salaam Community Centre, in Murray Street, and Epilepsy Outlook.

Hart Gables, which provides help and support for members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community and the Hartlepool Foodbank also received some funding which has now been further topped up.

 

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