Grant Aid

WESTBURY TOWN COUNCIL

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR GRANT AID 2017

The Council will be considering Grant Aid for voluntary organisations and similar bodies who make Westbury a better place to live.

Application forms and copies of our policy may be obtained below or from our office: 

Westbury Town Council
The Laverton
Bratton Road
Westbury
BA13 3EN

Tel No: 01373 822232

or by emailing: grants@westburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Applications must be returned no later than

Friday 30th June 2017

Click here: Grant Aid Policy

Click here: Grant Application Form – electronic version

Click here: Grant Application Form – Download and print version

The Grant Aid Evening will be held on 11th October 2017


GRANT AID 

Westbury Town Council has recently reviewed its Grant Aid process, including the policy, application process and timescales, especially the application dates and the timescales, especially the application dates and the time of year the Grant Aid evening is held. 

Our new policy covers many questions people have regarding grants including the criteria on which grant applications are assessed.


The full list of Grants Awarded for each year are located on our FINANCE page.


We have some articles from groups and organisations who received a grant in 2016-17 and they are featured below:

GROUP FIVE

Group Five is a furniture Charity operating in the five West Wiltshire towns of Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Melksham, Westbury and Warminster. Group Five collects unwanted furniture from the general public – refurbishes it as necessary and passes it on free of charge to needy families who for whatever reason are unable to afford to purchase their own furniture.
Those families requiring furniture need to be referred by an authorised third party I.e. Health Visitor, Social Worker, C.A.B., Women’s Refuge, Housing Association, etc. who are able to confirm the family is in need. Group Five then contacts the
family to ascertain their needs and furniture as required is provided free of charge.
All members of Staff of Group Five are unpaid Volunteers who give of their free time to help those less fortunate. New
Volunteers are always welcome. All funding received into the Charity are used to assist with our van running costs and the general expenses of operating the Charity.


WESTBURY ART CRAFT and NATTER GROUP

Westbury Art Craft and Natter Group was formed to help people who have been at home for any length of time for whatever reason to get back into mainstream activity. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month in the Foyer of the Methodist Church from 2.00pm to 4pm. We paint, draw and try to accommodate any craft that people would like to do. Recently we have two new members who have joined who bring their knitting along. We also have a chat and a cup of tea and biscuits are provided, hence art, craft and Natter. We charge £2.50 per session. The Group is a valuable asset to the Community as it gives people who perhaps live on their own the chance to meet like-minded people and pursue a hobby that they may not have used in a while at the same time as enjoying a cup of tea and a chat. We welcome new members and anyone interested should contact Edna Rayford on 01373 827604 or Linda Townsend on 01373 305006. The Grant we receive from Westbury Town Council is used to top up our running costs. Should there be any grant money left over at the end of the year this will be used to purchase new equipment.


WESTBURY STATION GARDEN PROJECT

This voluntary project was started from scratch some four years ago by team leaders Rosemary Buchan and Rob Brown. As active members of both West Wilts Rail Users Group and the Heart of Wessex Community Rail Partnership, we shared the dismay expressed by many about the run-down and neglected state of the approach to Westbury Station. Initially we were told that the badly overgrown banks were too steep to work on, so we began by clearing pavements and platforms of leaves and weeds and researching ideas for replacing broken planters on the main platform.
From this modest beginning we developed a vision of what could be achieved to transform Westbury Station into a welcoming environment for both regular and occasional travellers. Now known as the Friends of Westbury Station and with the help and support of a variety of individuals and organisations we have been able to:

  • Design, construct and install three large planters on platforms 1 and 2

  • Clear badly overgrown vegetation at the front of the station

  • Construct a prominent new stone ‘WESTBURY’ sign to welcome visitors and framed the sign with in-keeping railway sleepers

  • Commence planting a variety of shrubs, plants and flowers to create an attractive garden and so enhance the overall environment

  • Install a water butt to harvest rain and aid regular watering

Needless to say, it has been a long journey and we have had to overcome many obstacles and challenges to get to this point. We have been encouraged along the way by favourable comments from many passengers, visitors and rail employees. Another pleasing outcome of the project has been a dramatic reduction in litter dropping and anti social behaviour.
We are most grateful for the support from Westbury Town Council. As a voluntary, not-for-profit group, the grant will enable the Friends of Westbury Station project to continue for the benefit of the Westbury residents and the community.


WARMINSTER RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION

The parent organisation “Riding for the Disabled” was formed over 40 years ago with a view to helping Disabled People, Adults and Children to enjoy life changing activities. The National Organisation‘ RDA’ takes great pride in the exceptional standard of its instructors and volunteer helpers.  

Following that national organisation being raised, local volunteers within the local area of West Wiltshire and Frome District formed a local offshoot, “Warminster Riding for the Disabled”. This was around 25 years ago with the sole aim of helping local Disabled School Children.

Schools from Westbury District, Warminster District and Frome District elect through their local education authority to send these disabled children to us to enjoy an activity that would not normally be open to them.

The aims and objects for our disabled students are:-

  • To help them reach their own therapeutic goals

  • To help them achieve their own personal ambitions

  • To help them combat social isolation

  • To help develop their life skills

  • Experience a healthy outdoor life

  • To help them connect with animals.

We are based at the Warminster Saddle Club and use their facilities for which we pay an annual rent paid in 4 quarterly payments.

We have four horses of our own and hire in from the saddle club as and when we need them, generally these are about 6 per session to make our numbers up to 10 per lesson.

Warminster RDA Trustees, Instructors and Helpers are all volunteers and security scrutinised as required by law. We assist disabled school children of school age, to help them develop riding skills as a way to finding their own pleasures through those quoted aims and objects.

Warminster RDA relies entirely on their own Fund Raising, Charitable Donations and Bequests, receiving

No grant aid from our parent organisation. We receive no grants from the government or local authorities but we do receive some monies in the form of donations from local councils and received a £200 grant from Westbury Town Council.

Most of us watch the Paralympic Games which has become an offshoot of the Olympic Games and from RDA has sprung the success of the equestrian section. Long may it continue and those disabled riders who enjoy competing on the same sort of level in local shows. At Warminster, once a year, RDA riders and horses compete for trophies and rosettes, the pleasure shown on the faces of the schoolchildren is reward enough but occasionally you can almost detect a smile on the faces of our horses.

Horses are very expensive animals to keep and look after and vets fees at times can be crippling.

Equipment such as saddles and bridles too are extremely high cost, together with safety equipment in the form of riding hats/helmets and footwear for all students.

Donations at any time are most welcome as are volunteers who assist either side of the horse whilst the disabled student is riding. No previous experience with horses is necessary although obviously helpful.

We carry out lessons for Disabled School children (Through their School) every Tuesday during term time,


CYGNETS PRESCHOOL

We are a charity run outstanding preschool, who are currently run by a parent committee. We currently take children from the age of two until they go to school and are sited on the Westbury Leigh Primary School grounds.

We are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, term time only and support the community by offering places for children between the above ages, giving the children a fantastic start to their learning journey.

We were very pleased with the grant we received and used this to purchase two new tablet PCs for the children, a light box and a fish bubble tube. All of these are fantastic ICT equipment which will help develop skills such as problem solving, physical skills and listening skills.

On behalf of the staff, children and parents we would like to thank the Town Council for their support, it is very much appreciated.


WILTSHIRE BOBBY VAN TRUST

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust’s core work is to secure the homes of older (over 60s) and vulnerable (due to a mental or physical disability) people who have become, or are at risk of becoming, victims of house crime.  We also secure the homes of victims of domestic abuse.  The ‘Bobby’ operators carry out home security and fire risk assessments before fitting the appropriate hardware for each client.  This service and the equipment is provided free to all eligible clients.

 One of the most effective ways of providing emotional reassurance to victims is to provide practical help, in particular by securing the home to prevent re-victimisation.  The Trust not only provides this service to victims but also pro-actively to clients who do not feel that have adequate security to feel safe in their own home.  The Trust aims to prevent this harrowing experience from happening to others. 

The operators give over 80 presentations a year to community groups.  These talks are an important tool in spreading public awareness about home and personal safety.   

They visit on average 30 homes a year in Westbury.  A safe and secure neighbourhood and community is somewhere everyone deserves to live. It has been proven that where houses have been made safe and security advice given, house crime has fallen. 

The grant given by Westbury Town Council has been used to buy the security devices installed in homes in Westbury.  On average the cost per home for this hardware is £27.50.

The Trust is always looking for volunteers to do a variety of jobs from servicing covert cameras to helping at fundraising events.  If you would like more information in volunteering or you would like us to arrange a visit from of our operators to check your security please call 01380 861155.


WESTBURY UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

All about your group & what we do:

Our Club was founded in 1920 and has played for nearly 100 years at our home, Meadow Lane.
 
We pride ourselves on being a family club with strong ties to our junior feeder club Westbury Youth.  The youth set-up has over 350 children playing across all age ranges, boys and girls.  Each child at Westbury Youth has the foundations to develop themselves to hopefully one day wear the green and white of the Westbury United squad.
 
On match day you will find a warm welcome along with a fully licenced bar, well stocked tea hut serving hot and cold snacks, large screen TV, free pool table and comfortable club house.
 
Entry fees are Adults £5, Senior Citizens £3, Under 16’s £2.50 and Match day programs only £1.  All children are free when accompanied by an adult.

How it helps the community:

At junior level, our club helps promote football to the boys and girls of Westbury and the surrounding areas.  We have kids playing from Under 6 to Under 16 both boys and girls.  Ultimately the aim for all boys at the club, is to go on and play for the adult side.  We are also growing our girls section and now have 3 teams at Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16.  We aim to have a ladies side in the near future. 

At senior level, many of our reserves and 1st team are local lads who have grown up in the town.  They enjoy fantastic facilities at Meadow Lane.

We also host 3 skittles teams weekly who play their games in our club house.  We provide this service with no cost and many of our local residents, play regularly at the ground.

If it’s open to new members:

Yes, Meadow Lane is always open to new members.  We recently re-opened the bar on a Friday evening for locals to come and enjoy an end of week pint or cola if preferred.  This is open to all ages as we have a pool table, darts board and skittles for all to enjoy.

How the money was used:

The money was used to reinstate the floodlights to their proper standard.  This is a very expensive part of the club to run, and without it, the club cannot sustain its Step 6 status with the FA.  If the club lost its status, it would drop out of the Western League, and start a downward spiral that could eventually see the club cease to exist.  This grant has enabled us to future proof the club and dramatically eased the burden on all associated with Westbury United FC.


WESSEX MS THERAPY CENTRE

The Wessex MS Therapy Centre is a small self-funding charity offering long term ongoing therapies for people with multiple sclerosis, their carers and families. The Centre offers physiotherapy, Reflexology, counselling, massage therapy, hypnotherapy, Kinesiology, oxygen therapy and runs fitness for fun groups on a Friday morning. The Centre also hosts regular lunch clubs and organises many events throughout the year. The oxygen therapy tanks are also used for people with other conditions such as Fibromyalgia, cancer, ME, sports injuries, brain injuries, autism and cerebral palsy.

The Centre is a self-referral therapy centre and anyone can become a member if they have a health need that the Centre can help with. Based in the middle of Warminster the Centre covers a wide geographical area with members from all the towns and villages to include Westbury, Trowbridge, Frome, Bath, Salisbury, Devizes and Yeovil. 

As a self-funding charity, the Centre needs to constantly make applications to all the town and county councils for grants to help to run the charity from one day to the next. In 2016 Westbury Town Council very kindly gave a grant to the Centre to help pay toward a new piece of physiotherapy equipment needed to help people with multiple sclerosis. 

If you, or anyone you know might benefit from becoming a member please do feel free to drop in for a warm welcome and tea and cake or phone Rosie Eliot on 01985 217728 to make an appointment.


VICTIM SUPPORT

Victim Support Wiltshire is an independent charity that offers support to anyone impacted by crime.

Our services are free, confidential and available to anyone whether or not they have reported the crime and regardless of when it happened. We can support people of any age and have an enhanced service for young people and victims of anti-social behaviour. Our priority is to make the victims feel safe again and to help them get their life back on track.

Our team of trained staff and volunteers offer emotional and practical help which includes telephone or face-to-face support, information on the victim’s case and the legal proceedings, relevant signposting to other support agencies and assisting with associated paperwork. Our service can also involve arranging for home security checks and providing appropriate security items.

We could not deliver these important services and support without the efforts of our fundraising teams and donations from members of the public. That’s why the grant from the Westbury Town Council is hugely appreciated, as it will make a real and vital difference to lives of victims of crime in Westbury. Specifically, it enables us to purchase the security items to help the victims of burglary or anti-social behaviour to feel safer in their homes.

The services we offer are delivered by our trained staff and volunteers who generously give their time to help people move beyond crime. We always need new volunteers to join our local team (based in Devizes) so please do not hesitate to get in touch – there are many different ways you can support people affected by crime and traumatic events.

To get in touch call us on 01380 738878 or e-mail wiltshire@victimsupport.org.uk.


CARERS SUPPORT WILTSHIRE

Carer Support Wiltshire is a local charity supporting carers in Wiltshire.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.

We help carers to access support, services, education and training, and breaks from their caring role. We ensure carers in Wiltshire have a voice in policy making and planning for services, and we work with health and social care professionals and employers to develop best practice. Our aim is to create carer friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued and supported.

  • There are over 47,500 carers in Wiltshire (2011 Census)

  • Carers in Wiltshire save the economy approx £961 million a year.

  • 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives in the UK.[i] (Carers Trust) 

We have lots of Volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved. These range from working at the office to helping running events and groups.

Our “Time For Carers” appeal, which Westbury council so generously supported, will provide carers with a much needed break from their caring role.  It may be time to pursue a hobby or sport, go to the cinema or meet friends for coffee. The funds from Westbury council will be used to fund breaks for carers living in the Westbury area.  If you know of a carer in Westbury who deserves a break, contact Carer Support Wiltshire to nominate them.

[i] Carers Trust


THE WEST WILTS SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS

 The West Wilts. Society of Model Engineers was founded in 1965. To join us all you need is an interest in things mechanical.  We have members interested in building Clocks, Sun Dials, Hot air engines, Traction Engines,  &  Live Steam Locomotives of all sizes.  Amongst our membership is a vast range of experience which is available to novices.

At The White Horse Country Park, Westbury BA13 4LX.  we have a permanent raised 5″ & 31/2″ track and a fixed Garden Railway track with 16mm scale, 32mm & 45mm gauge lines.

We also have a 5″ portable track, which  is used for fetes & events in the area  and a portable 16mm scale, 32mm & 45mm gauge track, which is used for running indoors during the winter and at various exhibitions.

We also have a fully equipped workshop for use by the members.  For complete novices, instruction and advice on use of the machines is available.

Members can have their boilers tested to the latest regulations, for no cost, by one of our three registered testers.

Club Opening Times:-

Friday Morning 10:00 – 12:30

1st & 3rd Wednesday Evening each Month.  From May to September we meet at 18:30 for socializing and steaming.  From September to May we meet at 19:30 when we usually have talk or lecture

1st & 3rd Saturday each Month 10:00 – 16:00 Workshop open.

Every Monday & Wednesday morning we gather for site maintenance and improvement.  Currently we are laying a 5″ gauge ground level track. 

If you are interested in our club you are welcome to visit at any of the above times before joining.