£8k funding boost for Derbyshire projects

Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ MediaPicture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media
Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media
Belper Ten Twenty Triathlon Club was one of six projects in Derbyshire to receive a cash boost from the Central England Co-operatve's Community Dividend Fund.

The six projects will share more than £8,000 after the payout, with the triathlon club taking £1,250.

It will be used to pay for a gazebo to help shield competitors from the elements after competing in events.

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A wide range of charities and groups were handed grants, with a total of £50,000 handed out to 32 good causes across 16 counties.

Headway, a charity which supports people who have suffered a brain injury and their carers, has received £1,500 to pay for new equipment such as tablets that will be used to help patients overcome the challenge of living with a brain injury.

Paul Clarke, service delivery manager at Headway Derby, said: “Brain injury commonly results in problems with memory retention, fatigue, communication and carrying out everyday tasks.

“Although the people that attend our drop-in service are living with these long term effects of brain injury, they do not receive any support to maintain their independence. However, almost everyone carries a smartphone. So with this funding we will be purchasing devices that will enable our team to demonstrate how to use simple and easily available apps to help people manage their conditions – this will include assistance with reminders to carry out important tasks like taking medication, instructions on how to break down tasks into manageable steps, how to use a device as a memory and note taking aide, how to travel independently to set locations and how to monitor their health.

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“This funding will really increase the amount of help that we can provide to people that drop in for advice and support. With a practical demonstration and some brief instructions to take away, this will enable people to live safe and independent lives using the technology in their pocket.”

A total of £1,000 has been handed to Lea Primary School, in Matlock, to pay for a new projector to help pupils become more invested in the arts. Treetops Hospice, in Risley, has also been awarded £2,535.

Martyn Cheatle, chief executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “I would like to urge all of our members to get in touch and put forward a community cause close to their heart for the Community Dividend scheme.”

People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop.