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Latest Colchester Borough Homes Community Fund winners announced

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Seven community groups are set to benefit from a share of Colchester Borough Homes' (CBH) £40,000 Community Fund, following a series of events which culminated in a vote to decide the winners at Greenstead Local Housing Office and Greenstead Community Centre on 19 and 20 September.

The CBH-organised events invited tenants to drop in and vote for their favourite projects. A total of 48 people voted.

The Community Fund supports local charities and community groups throughout the Borough, by making small grants and awards.

The latest Community Fund recipients include Shake Furniture (£5,680), Enoch House (£3,335), QAA Paperless (£309.90), Community 360 (£3,000), Disability4Sport (£6,870), Oak Tree Centre (£4,000), and Firebreak (£1,500), who shared £24,694.90 in one of the largest pay-outs from the fund to date.

Shake Furniture, which is one the longest running free furniture projects in the country plans to use its award towards office and transport costs.

Enoch House will offer a programme of events tailored to residents and other CBH sheltered scheme residents that will help combat social isolation and rebuild the community within the building.

Funding for QAA Paperless will trial technology to assist its proactive volunteers communicate with CBH caretakers to improve communal areas and issue real-time information about repairs.

Community 360, formerly Colchester CVS, will purchase a second hand minibus to replace one of its aging vehicles.

Disability4Sportplans to use its award to provide a mentoring system for young adults with disabilities.

Funding will benefit the Oak Tree Centre's Acorn Hall, on Harwich Road, which will undergo accessibility improvements to the building and garden.

Community Youth Project will use its award to offer a week-long Firebreak course for its members. The course, run by the Fire Service, offers young people a chance to learn discipline, team work, citizenship, and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Previous winners include Berechurch Youth Club, Community Youth Project, Rowhedge Youth Club, Colchester Credit Union, and Conservation Volunteers.

Supporting the key values of CBH, the Community Fund aims to build strong local communities across the Borough. Groups are able to apply for funding throughout the year and voting roadshows take place at regular intervals.

Karen Williams, Head of Housing for Colchester Borough Homes, said: 'I'm absolutely delighted that we have once again been able to help such a diverse mix of organisations who applied for funding.

The Community Fund supports the values of Colchester Borough Homes, in particular showing our commitment to connecting communities across the whole Borough. It really is a great way to bring local communities together and working for one another'.