Funding chance

The Hartlepool Community Forum met at the Belle Vue Centre. Pictured, from left, are guest speaker David Connor, who is grants manager for Greggs, and organisers Peter Gowland and Brenda Turnbull, along with the Forum members who were present.

The Hartlepool Community Forum met at the Belle Vue Centre. Pictured, from left, are guest speaker David Connor, who is grants manager for Greggs, and organisers Peter Gowland and Brenda Turnbull, along with the Forum members who were present.

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COMMUNITY groups in Hartlepool are being urged to attend a meeting later this week to find out more about possible funding.

The Hartlepool Community Forum is to hold its latest meeting at the Belle Vue Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool, on Thursday, June 5 at 10am.

Organisers say it is a good chance for community and voluntary groups across the town to find out more about possible funding streams open to them.

The director of Sherburn House Charity, Stephen Hallett, will be at the Community Forum to speak to the gathered audience.

The charity helps provide grants to groups and organisations that assist the long-term unemployed, those in debt or ill-health or disabled people.

Peter Gowland, project director at Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA), said: “We are pleased to be holding another Hartlepool Community Forum and this time we are delighted to welcome representatives from the Sherburn House Charity.

“They have done an awful lot of work to support groups in Hartlepool and the rest of the North-East and it is particularly important when groups and organisations in town may be struggling to access funding from other routes.”

Sherburn House Charity is also known as Christ’s Hospital in Sherburn and simply as Sherburn Hospital and the charity exists to provide residential care and sheltered housing to elderly residents and former residents of the north-east of England.

But another important function of the charity is to relieve need, hardship and distress in the North-East, by providing grants, both to individuals and to other organisations who work with disadvantaged groups.

The Community Forum meeting will last 50 minutes and people will have the chance to ask questions and find out more information. For more information call Peter Gowland on (01429) 262641.