Council’s Community Engagement Team celebrate Grants Success
Forest of Dean District Council celebrated this year’s Community Grants Scheme by inviting over 25 organisations from across the district to an evening of celebration and networking. In excess of 50 members of local organisations attended alongside staff from all areas of the Community Engagement Team.
A council spokeswoman said “The event was the first of its kind for the council as usually we celebrate with just our Community Grant holders, but for the first time this year groups from across the district that have benefited from a variety of grants came together to show their talents and support each other. This was a celebration of how resilient our community is and how well they want to work with each other to support the community.”
Various attendees were invited to speak, including the Forest Voluntary Action Forum and the Drybrook Male Voice Choir. Attendees heard how the grants had directly benefited the local communities as well as learning about networking opportunities and cross working between organisations.
Amongst the groups attending were those who have benefited from a range of grants, including Service Level Providers, Community Grants and the County Council’s Thriving Local Communities grants. Groups were given space to display boards with information about the work they do and were invited to make connections and think about how they can work together to strengthen their communities.