Grants available for community projects

23/10/2018, PR8901A

Wakefield Council is holding drop in sessions to give residents and community groups a chance to learn more about a project to shape their community’s future.

The People Enabling Area Transformation (PEAT) project was launched in June to help residents in Airedale and Castleford, Havercroft and Ryhill, Hemsworth, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam and South Elmsall and South Kirkby to increase their chances of finding work, help them to develop skills, create new jobs and support existing businesses.

Wakefield Council will be holding drop in sessions to give residents and community groups the chance to learn more about the PEAT project, and how they can get involved in shaping their community.

Sessions are being held this month and in November and December, where people can drop in for a chat and find out how to get involved.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: “I’d like to encourage groups and organisations to come and find out more. It’s a great opportunity to access funding that aims to make a real difference to people’s lives. It could support people who want to start their own business, help those who are struggling to find work and want to develop new skills. It will help to encourage the growth of a prosperous and diverse local economy.”

Drop in sessions for are taking place from 9am to 1pm at:

• Westfield Centre, South Elmsall on 23 October, 27 November and 18 December
• Cedars, Hemsworth on 24 October, 28 November and 19 December
• Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Centre 25 October on 29 November and 20 December
• Airedale Snack and Chat on 26 October, 30 November and 21 December

The session at Havercroft & Ryhill Community Learning Centre is from 9.30am to 1pm on 22 October, 26 November and 17 December.

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The People Enabling Area Transformation (PEAT) project is a Community Led Local Development programme.

The funding comes from the European Union’s European Structural and Investment Funds and is administered by Wakefield Council, on behalf of the PEAT Local Action Group.

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