Published Thursday 4 May 2017

The Royal Borough is delighted that local groups are now able to spend and put to good use annual funding that was agreed at a meeting earlier this year.

Groups had the chance to apply for grant funding and nearly 40 charities and organisations secured funds. The council has this year been able to award a record £269,000 to local groups and charities.
The Autism Group received over £2,000 of grant funding to put towards their work with young carers that includes sessions for an arts and crafts club and games console sessions. This funding along with their own will help them to run the groups at minimal costs to the families. 

The Maidenhead based group works with families and young people affected by autism. Their main purposes are to offer special interest social groups to young people aged 11-25, to offer parent support and to provide autism training to parents/carers. 

Dawn Kohn, communications coordinator for the group said: “We invest a lot of time getting to know each young person and making sure we provide the structure and support they need to successfully access their interests with like minded friends.  

“Thanks to the grant money we have received from the council our young people are able to meet, enjoy an activity that is important to them and further develop their social skills. 

“It is fantastic to see them chatting, interacting and forming friendships at the groups as their confidence grows. 

“Thank you from all of us at The Autism Group and especially from our club members and their families.”

Another local group Family Action was granted £1,000 by the council.  

Anita Oliver, senior trusts and grants fundraiser for Family Action said: “This funding will help us to continue to deliver activities for young carers by accessing venues such as Marlow Road in Maidenhead and Windsor youth and community centres. 

“We offer respite for children and young people whose lives are affected by caring for a member of their family.”

The Royal Borough’s head of communities and highways, David Scott, added: “Our next grant round will be determined in September and we have just over £21,000 still to award to organisations so there are a few months left for groups to get their applications in.”  
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