More than £46,000 was awarded to community groups across Lancashire between April 2018 and March 2019 by the county council’s champions.
Champions are county councillors who work with cabinet members to support specific communities, including the disabled, parishes, older and young people, those who serve in the armed forces and veterans.
They fund activities, work with groups and help to ensure county council policies support the people they are championing.
Champions each have an annual budget of up to £10,000. Details of the Champions and some of the projects they have funded are as follows:
• Champion for armed forces and veterans – County Councillor Alf Clempson, who provided £1,500 to Lancaster Military Heritage Group to support Morecambe Armed Forces Day and £1,500 to Preston-based Dig in North West CIC to provide security shutters for its workshop in Ashton, which is used to run therapeutic sessions for armed forces workers and veterans.
• Champion for disabled people – County Councillor Peter Steen, who awarded £1,100 to Hyndburn group Carers Link to provide improved access and repairs to its disabled toilet at its new premises in Accrington and £1,000 to the Visually Impaired Forum for Lancashire to fund awareness raising events.
• Champion for older people – County Councillor Joan Burrows, who provided £300 to Age Concern Central Lancashire to fund an intergenerational pop concert and £200 for Coal Clough Lane Community Association to fund food and drink for a Christmas party.
• Champion for parishes – County Councillor Paul Rigby, who handed £500 to Billington and Langho Parish Council to fund a new bus shelter seat, £350 to Staining Parish Council towards two-way radios for community events and £500 to Bickerstaffe Parish Council for a new boundary sign.
Champion for young people – County Councillor Mark Perks, who provided £1,000 to Headway Preston and Chorley to fund road safety leaflets and £2,000 to the UK Potential group to fund sessions at Fylde and Wyre secondary schools to help pupils cope with exam pressures.
County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “The champions have funded some fantastic projects from village events and activities to support young people in our schools, to bus shelter improvements and armed forces events over the past year.
“Activities like these really make a difference to local people and the champions do a superb job of working with groups to support young people, older people, people with disabilities, parish councils and people who serve, or have served in the armed forces.
“They also provide important advice and support to the county council to help us improve the services we provide.”