Over £500,000 to Winchester's voluntary groups

Over £500,000 will be given to 34 of Winchester's voluntary and community groups in the next year as part of Winchester City Council's Community Grants programme.

The total of £525,765 includes main grants to five key organisations - the Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau £127,158; Winchester Area Community Action £98,465; The Trinity Centre £86,100; Bishops Waltham & Meon Valley Citizens Advice Bureau £40,615; and the annual Winchester Hatfair Festival £33,825.

Smaller grants, ranging from £1,000 to £10,000, have also been made to organisations that include Homestart Meon-Valley, Winchester & District Young Carers, Relate, Bishops Waltham Festival and Winchester Nightshelter. A full list of the grant recipients can be found at www.winchester.gov.uk - go to Arts & Heritage and then Grants & Funding.

The number of organisations supported was also expanded to include new grants to The Olive Branch (a counselling service for adults), Homestart Winchester & District (which provides support to families of young children) and the Festival of Art & the Mind. There was also a grant of £15,000 to support the start up of the Credit Union for the District - Winchester and District Savers (WADS).