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Circus Geeks’ Project Vee was a highlight of Stade Saturdays in 2016. With a Foreshore Trust grant, the popular event should be back this year.

Stade Saturdays among Foreshore Trust beneficiaries

The Foreshore Trust has awarded  grants worth more than £45,000 to 11 local projects – including Stade Saturdays – offering a response to the effects of the coronavirus. Nick Terdre reports.

Stade Saturdays, one of Hastings’ most popular free events, should be back this year courtesy of a £6,000 grant from the Foreshore Trust. The organiser, Sweet & Dandy, says it will programme a series of concerts and events on the Stade open space “to reignite Hastings and bring families back to seafront entertainment safely.”

“We want to put on an event to support Hastings musicians and make sure the funds feed back into the local creative economy,” Sweet & Dandy director Tina Morris tells HOT.

September is the target date, but with further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions required – gatherings are currently limited to 30 – the programme may have to be pushed back. Tina hopes have it to coincide with the Coastal Currents arts festival, which she also organises.

Elsewhere the Foreshore Trust has allocated Hastings Bike Lab £3,800 towards its Key Worker Bike and Mobile Library programmes at a time when the coronavirus has forced the closure of its public workshop sessions.

Counselling the Community has been awarded £6,000 to provide counselling for social and clinical care workers suffering high levels of stress and anxiety due to the daily risks of coronavirus they run in their workplace.

50 applications

The grants have been awarded under round 3 of the trust’s small and events programme, which attracted 50 applications.

“Covid-19 has had a significant impact on our communities, which is why the Foreshore Trust and Charity Committee adapted the programme to prioritise projects that were helping respond to the effects of the pandemic and wanted to push this funding through as soon as possible,” said Cllr Margi O’Callaghan, the new chair of the Charity Committee.

Rather than wait for the next scheduled meeting of the committee on 13 July, the grant allocations were made as a matter of urgency.

Other grants have gone to:

Hastings Furniture Service (£5,200) to provide starter packs of crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils and personal hygiene items to disadvantaged families and individuals moving into new accommodation

Xtrax (£3,660), which works with vulnerable young people, for the refurbishment of key facilities

Ore Community Land Trust (£1,995) for repair of bridges, steps and pathways in Speckled Wood

Hastings Community Transport (£6,000) for transport solutions that help under the coronavirus pandemic

Association of Carers (£938) to provide a virtual cafe as a meeting place for carers suffering social isolation

Culture Shift (£1,800) to implement its Being Our Best Selves programme among disabled adults

Audioactive (£5,265) to fund its music mentoring programme for vulnerable young people

Creative Space Science (£4,600) to provide space-themed science activity packs for children enduring social distancing.

All the approved projects are due to be delivered by March 2021.

Posted 12:34 Saturday, Jun 27, 2020 In: Charities

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