One of the events was a Summer Fayre, which was held on Saturday August 13th and was attended by over dozens of local residents from across the community.
More than £16,000 has been distributed to community groups and projects through the One Town One Community ‘Have Your Say’ Fund, to help local people with inclusive initiatives throughout the borough. Rotherham Council, NHS Rotherham and Rotherham LSP also partnered South Yorkshire Community Foundation in the delivery of more than £125,000 to local communities that contributed to sustainability of the borough’s voluntary groups.
The grant to the High Street Centre is one of the last to be presented under this programme which has run for 12 months and has supported local parent and toddler groups, sports clubs, women’s groups, community centres and youth clubs.
The High Street Centre applied to South Yorkshire Community Foundation and was successful in securing £1,493 towards the cost of running these three events. Councillor Mahroof Hussain, Rotherham Cabinet Member for Community Development, Engagement and Young People’s Issues, representing One Town One Community attended the Summer Fayre in Rawmarsh to join in the fun.
Cllr Hussain said: “The centre does a lot of good work with all age groups that helps to build good relationships within the local community. It is very satisfying to see the grant being put to such good use and these events are important not only in raising funds for future activities at the centre but also in bringing people together from the community.”
The Summer Fayre included a whole host of activities for all the family, including bring and buy stalls, tombola, hook a duck and face painting, the opportunity to take part in craft activities and to enjoy summer refreshments. There was also an art competition, with the winners Alexandria Robinson and Molly Myers receiving WH Smith gift vouchers.
Caroline Langston, Manager of the High Street Centre, said: “We are delighted to have received the grant as we feel it is really important to bring young and older people together to build relationships and take part in fun activities. There has been a great community spirit here and we would like to thank all our volunteers and supporters for coming along today. Money raised at these events will go towards a range of activities including the ACTIVATE project, which supports young people at the centre to take part in activities that promote positive social relationships, health and well being.“
Pauline Grice, chief executive of SYCF, said: “We have been delighted to make a vital difference to the lives of local people throughout Rotherham through the One Town One Community Have Your Say Fund.
“Supporting community initiatives is vital as this time and we are very happy to have played our part in making sure Rotherham Council, NHS Rotherham and the local strategic partnership have been able to access those projects most in need of support.
“As funds become limited for the voluntary sector, we are working hard to build partnerships with the private, public and voluntary sectors to ensure a sustainable future for community initiatives in Rotherham.”
The second event planned for the centre is designed to recruit volunteers interested in helping out with any of the activities taking place at the High Street Centre. This is being held on Saturday 24th September and there an exciting Dance event is planned for 29th October.
The High Street Centre is a community hub that provides a meeting place for local residents, as well as a centre for the provision of services that promote learning opportunities and local employment.
Every week the High Street Centre hosts social groups, such as the over 55’s club, the ACTIVATE project which supports children and young people and a volunteer exchange. The aim of the centre is to enable, equip and establish services that make Rawmarsh a better place to live and work.
Rotherham’s One Town, One Community is about creating a feeling of belonging to one community here in Rotherham, where individuals demonstrate unity, mutual understanding and shared values, celebrating our differences and what binds us all together.
SYCF is a grant-making and support giving organisation that works throughout Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, delivering valuable assistance to communities that need it most.
For more information on One Town One Community, visit the website www.rotherham.gov.uk/onetownonecommunity. For more information on grants awarded through the Rotherham: One Town One Community grant campaign visit the website www.sycf.org.uk