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Over 70K of Funding to go to Key Partners in West Devon

07 November 2022

Money Finance Five Pounds

West Devon's Hub Committee has recommended a further two-year funding deal for some of its key community partners.

For many years now, West Devon Borough Council has provided funding to community and voluntary organisations who support council services and its corporate priorities.

These include Citizens Advice, West Devon CVS, Okehampton Community Recreation Association (OCRA), Okehampton Community Transport & Tavistock Ring and Ride, Young Devon, The Tamar Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the Steering Group for the World Heritage Site. 

At a meeting of the Hub Committee this week, members voted to continue supporting these incredibly important organisations.  

This recommendation will now be passed to the Full Council, who will meet on Tuesday 22 November.
 
In addition to extending the current funding arrangements, the Hub Committee are also recommended to consider a £10,000 increase for each of the next two years for Citizens Advice, in recognition of the important work that they are doing over the Cost of Living Crisis.

Cllr Paul Vachon, West Devon's Hub Lead for Communities, said: "The work that these organisations do is vital for West Devon. By continuing to support these groups with funding, we can ensure that the little money we have is being spent on the ground, where it can have most impact."

"I would also like to thank these organisations for the work that they are doing in West Devon. There are some excellent projects listed in the report that was presented to us and I hope that this valuable work can continue." 

At the meeting of the Hub on 1 November, West Devon Members were given a snapshot of how the previous year's funding had been spent - these include:

Citizens Advice helped 2,225 people with 5,198 problems and generated £783,936 of additional household income for families in West Devon. 

West Devon CVS have also played a role in supporting our response for the Homes for Ukraine scheme. This has seen us enter into a Service Level Agreement for additional services including:  

  • Support for the voluntary sector groups working with Ukrainians 
  • Facilitate 'Drop-in' Style Café and networking 
  • Administration of a grant fund for community groups and Ukrainian families to participate in activities within the area. 

Okehampton Community Recreation Association (OCRA) activities, clubs and facilities provide the opportunity for over 25,000 sessions for those people living in the parishes of Okehampton, the Hamlets, Tavistock, and surrounding areas. 

Both Okehampton Community Transport and Tavistock Ring and Ride schemes have seen volunteer drivers continue to offer vital transport throughout the pandemic and beyond. These services enable residents to maintain their independence and dignity and to also continue to live in their own homes whilst reducing isolation and loneliness. 

Young Devon have made good use of the Borough Council's funding to offer a counselling service in Tavistock for one day per week throughout the year. This allows young people time to explore issues, allowing them a safe space to talk about their problems and get advice to tackle those issues. 

The Tamar Valley AONB is an important partner and one where the Council is required to provide an element of match funding contributions 

The funding provided to the World Heritage Site is invested in an annual work programme which is agreed with the partner Councils (West Devon, Devon County Council and Cornwall Council) for projects that deliver the World Heritage Convention Objectives. 

Each of these key partners has played a key role in supporting priorities within the Council's Corporate Strategy - A Plan for West Devon. 

The full report can be found here: www.westdevon.gov.uk/Hub  

A Plan for West Devon can be found here: www.westdevon.gov.uk/plan-for-west-devon

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