A scheme which helps vulnerable people in the Truro area feel safer in their own homes is just one of the community and voluntary projects to have been awarded funding in Truro City Council’s latest round of grant applications. 

Members at the meeting of the grants sub committee awarded grants totalling £21,701 to five community groups and organisations as part of its 2023/24 budget.

The ‘Feel Safe Scheme’ was granted £750. The group was set up in 2021 to help vulnerable people in the Truro area feel safer in their own homes. The scheme provides practical help with works such as fitting security lights, changing locks, mending gates or fences, and fitting window locks and door chains.

The organisers of the scheme work closely with several agencies including the local police, social services, and the CHAOS Group who specialise and deliver health and social care, with the free service delivered via referrals. 

The Friends of Daubuz Moor were awarded £500 to help towards the purchase of equipment for use in bat-detecting workshops, and a new gazebo for use at future wildlife events and at community days.

Truro Civic Society was awarded £450 to help meet the costs of hiring Truro Methodist Church as the venue for Truro Civic Awards. 

The newly formed Friends of Newbridge Park community group was given £200 to help with its start-up costs. Set up to help preserve and protect the park and its wildlife, the group plans to organise a range of fundraising events.

Members also approved a grant of up to £250 to the organisers of Truro Volunteers Day, subject to further enquiries about the level of grant required. The event will provide an opportunity for the city’s voluntary groups to raise awareness about the excellent work they are doing and to recruit new volunteers and members. 

“Truro is very lucky to have a large number of groups who are supporting the local community and we are very pleased to be able to support these projects,” said Cllr Stuart Roden, chair of the grants sub committee.