Local groups to meet at bridlington business centre

Bridlington Community Forum will hold its next meeting on Thursday, 19th April (9am) at Bridlington Business Centre in Enterprise Way, off Bessingby Industrial Estate. The session, which will run until 11.30am, has been arranged by Bridlington Renaissance Partnership, East Riding Voluntary Action Services and Bridlington Community Resource Centre to provide an opportunity for local groups and organisations to access information, advice and guidance for their management and activities.

With Peter Crawford from Bridlington Community Resource Centre in the Chair, there will be updates from East Riding Voluntary Action Service (Ervas) on the support they can provide for local groups, including how to manage finances, raise funds, and recruit volunteers.

Groups operating in Bridlington South Ward will also be able to get help on preparing applications for the grant programme, the national Neighbourhood Match Fund, which will make more than £80,000 available in small grants for community activity over the next three years. The scheme is being run locally by a Community First Panel, which is supported through Bridlington Renaissance Office. Grants of between £250 and £2,500 are available for voluntary and community groups, where they meet the themes set by the panel, and must be matched by an equal value of either volunteer time or cash contributions.  

To support volunteering in the local area, staff from Ervas will be on hand at the forum meeting, with advice about how to find volunteering opportunities, and how to attract and retain volunteers for your organisation.

Fiona Turner, from Ervas, said: “Volunteering can help people between jobs to gain work experience, which in the current jobs market can be an advantage. It can also be a very worthy and rewarding experience. We can help to direct people to opportunities for volunteer work, and also work with organisations to help them recruit.”

If you are involved with a voluntary or community group and would like to come along, or would like to receive email updates and information, please contact Liz Philpot (at Bridlington Town Hall) on (01482) 395041 liz.philpot@eastriding.gov.uk or Fiona Tuner (Ervas, Beverley)on (01482) 871077 fiona@ervas.org.uk

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