Council’s £2m grant awards boost for Islington’s communities

The grants will go to organisations looking after the borough's most vulnerable

The grants will go to organisations looking after the borough's most vulnerable - Credit: Archant

More than £2million will be making its way to charities and organisations working with the borough’s most vulnerable residents. Islington Council has agreed the grants for some 40 good causes including Citizens Advice Bureau and Islington Law Centre, Disability Action in Islington, Islington Pensioners Forum, Voluntary Action Islington, All Change Arts and Islington Arts Factory, as well as 12 community hubs.

The funding was agreed by a meeting of the Voluntary and Community Sector Committee on December 12.

Cllr Rakhia Ismail, Islington Council’s executive member for community development, said: “From free legal advice to activities for young people, charities and community organisations play a huge role in making Islington a better place for all our residents.

“We’re pleased to have agreed further funding for more than 40 groups in 2015/16 , despite the ongoing Government cuts to council budgets. This funding will help many local groups continue their vital work.”

Mike Sherriff, chief executive of Voluntary Action Islington said: “At a time when resources are getting less, we welcome this decision, which provides local voluntary organisations with some certainty to plan for the future.”

In total grant awards of £2,295,000 were agreed to 46 charities and organisations.

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