The Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor Joy Allen presented a cheque for £500 to the Angel Trust on Friday 10th May 2019.
This grant was awarded from Bishop Auckland Town Council’s Community Fund, to help towards the renovations of the new Angel Trust Headquarters in Kingsway, Bishop Auckland.
Additional funding also came from the Neighbourhood Fund of three local Councillors, a total of £16,000 from County Councillors’ Tanya Tucker (£13,000), Joy Allen (£1,500) and Charlie Kay (£1,500), together with a targeted business improvement fund grant of £5,000 from Durham County Council and South Durham Enterprise Agency.
The new headquarters will include a community learning room for courses from basic computer skills, literacy and numeracy to healthy cookery and crafts.
Groups such as single dads and young mums, teenage mental health support and counselling services will be able to use the space.
Executive Chair, Clair McGregor said:
“We’re so grateful for the support we have had to do this and have exciting plans for the space.”
“It’s a win-win situation; we already help lots of groups and will be able to offer them use of our facilities for free.”
“It will be a home for us and our volunteers without whom we’d not be able to do anything and it is a great use of this big building.”
The Town Council has allocated up to £5,000 to support local organisations working for the benefit of the residents of Bishop Auckland. Community groups and local charities are invited to apply for grants of up to £500.
To download an application form and for further information, visit the Community Fund page.