Funding a hit with WI group

17 October 2019 - Latest news

A County Durham Women’s Institute group is looking to expand one of its most popular activities after receiving funding from our community grant. 

Shadforth WI has invested in extra equipment for its new age kurling sessions thanks to £300 of funding from believe housing. The kurling group has recently been reinvigorated and is now attracting new members looking to take part in the sport.

Based at Shadforth Village Hall, the 24 strong WI group is hoping to use the interest in kurling to expand on the work it does to tackle loneliness and isolation in the community and surrounding villages.

The funding from believe housing’s community grant programme has allowed the group to purchase more stones, pushers and targets to increase the number or players taking part at any one time.

Funding Officer from believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “This project is not just about the kurling; it’s using the sport to help bring people together to have a chat and find new companions.

“This is exactly the kind of initiative that the programme was created to help. For a local grass roots organisation like Shadforth WI, £300 can make a huge difference to the work that they can do.”

President of Shadforth WI, Joyce Errington, said: “New age kurling is a wonderful, fun way to bring people together, whilst also promoting an active sport. Thank you to believe housing for enabling us to provide for new members with the extra equipment that the money allowed us to purchase.”

Full details of the believe housing community grant programme  can be found here or by calling 0300 1311 999.

The scheme provides funds of up to £500 and is designed to help new groups take their first steps as well as supporting longstanding organisations. The application process has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.

Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school is eligible for the scheme.

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