Stevenage community benefits from cash boosts

A PLAY association in Stevenage has netted �2,000 for a seaside-themed recreation area. The money has been donated to St Nicholas Association for Play in Stevenage by Herts County Council (HCC). Marie Shearer, from the play association, said: Thanks to t

A PLAY association in Stevenage has netted �2,000 for a seaside-themed recreation area.

The money has been donated to St Nicholas Association for Play in Stevenage by Herts County Council (HCC).

Marie Shearer, from the play association, said: "Thanks to the grant we will now be able to create a bespoke themed sand and water play area."

Their current facilities, which include an adventure playground, are open access and free for children aged five to 14.


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A support network for parents and children - Practical Parenting Programme Ltd - has also been given a helping hand, with a grant for �2,000 from HCC.

Sandra Ashley, director of the Stevenage-based charity, said: "This will help our work with parents of teenagers who are experiencing problems with communication, establishing boundaries or peer pressure.

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"We really appreciate this grant because it means we will be able to help more families in the Broadwater area of Stevenage."

Hertford Road Community Association has received �500 from HCC to help pay for a children's Christmas party at the centre, and for a new information booklet to be sent out to approximately 1,500 residents.

To apply for a grant for a social, economic or environmental cause in Hertfordshire visit www.hertsdirect.org and type 'locality budgets' into the search box.

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