Charities in line for £500,000 windfall

VOLUNTARY organisations in Ipswich are today half-a-million pounds better off after a series of grants were rubberstamped by town chiefs.

VOLUNTARY organisations in Ipswich are today half-a-million pounds better off after a series of grants were rubberstamped by town chiefs.

Among the main beneficiaries for the coming financial year are the New Wolsey Theatre and Ipswich Citizens' Advice Bureau which will both get £92,000, and the Ipswich Caribbean Association which will get £55,000.

Meanwhile the Ipswich Council For Voluntary Service is in line for £35,000, while £19,000 will go to the Iceni Project, which supports vulnerable people in the town including sex workers and drug addicts.

The grants were confirmed at a meeting of the borough council's executive committee this week.

Liz Harsant, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: “A lot of organisations such as the Iceni Project, if they did not have some funding from local government, would presumably not be able to go on.

“All of these organisations provide a service for the people of Ipswich.

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“This funding is one way in which we acknowledge the good work they do.”

Brian Tobin, manager of the Iceni Project, welcomed the cash injection.

“It is good that our colleagues at Ipswich Borough Council recognise our work and continue to fund us in this manner.

“It is vital funding.”

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Age Concern (Central Ipswich Help Centre) 5,000

Ipswich and District Citizens'Advice Bureau 92,000

Alzheimer's Society (East Suffolk) 1,500

Iceni Project 19,000

Ipswich Council For Voluntary Service (1st App) 35,000

Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau 15,000

Suffolk Acre (Dial-a Ride) 15,000

Ipswich Women's Aid 17,000

Ipswich Blind Society Ltd 2,000

Cruse Bereavement Care 2,500

Ipswich Housing Action Group Ltd 13,000

Ipswich Sports Club for the Disabled 3,000

IP1 2,000

Suffolk Refugee Support Forum 9,000

Ipswich Furniture Project 10,000

Community Solutions 8,000

Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality 26,800

Ipswich Caribbean Association 55,000

Ipswich Community Playbus 5,000

Ipswich & Suffolk Credit Union Ltd 7,000

Bangladeshi Support Centre 10,300

Ipswich Polish Club 2,000

New Wolsey Theatre 92,000

Dance East 15,000

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