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26 June 2012 | PR 12/115

Community groups boosted by University funding



The work of 15 community groups from across Charnwood has been boosted thanks to funding from Loughborough University’s Community Donations Fund.

The awards were made from the Open Fund, one of four categories that make up the overall Community Donations Fund.

The groups and the projects receiving support are:


Bangladesh Social Association

To take 50 elderly men and women to Beacon Hill for a healthy picnic and walk

CLASH (Community Leicester Arthritis Self Help Group)

To help fund two arthritis awareness-raising events with Loughborough College and the University

HR&EC – Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood

To buy plants, equipment etc, to improve the community with hanging baskets.

Loughborough Mela Group

To sponsor the information stalls for community groups at the 2012 Mela.

ME positive (East Midlands)

To provide transport for more disabled members to go on  picnic/outing

Mountsorrel Community Action Group (SWAG)

To fund room hire, printing, publicity, stationery, postage, expenses etc.

Shepshed Swimming Club

To fund two young adult swimmers to achieve Grade 1 in swimming teaching

Three Close Tenants Association

To buy a marquee for outside events

Transition Loughborough

To fund a banner for use at events

Charnwood Arts

To help keep Mountsorrel Creatives (an art club for young people) running

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Headway

To fund meeting room costs/help towards trips throughout the year

Oaks Storer Hall

To replace three old wooden trestle tables

Steps Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre

To buy outdoor play equipment

The Loughborough Gateway Club

To fund an annual outing in the autumn for people with learning difficulties

The Stroke Association/Charnwood Stroke Club

To fund a trip for members, using specially adapted buses.

The community groups receiving awards were presented with their cheques by Andy Stephens, the University’s Finance Director at an awards ceremony held at Loughborough Town Hall.

Jon Walker, Director of External Affairs at the University is Chair of the panel that considered the bids.  He comments: “We have been able to help over 100 community groups since we launched the Donations Fund in 2009.  The range of projects we have supported is staggering and indicates the huge amount of effort that takes place in community groups, often without acknowledgement.  The University is delighted to help these groups in the work they do.”

Over the summer the University will be awarding a further £5k from the Donations Fund.  This will be allocated specifically to community projects members of staff are involved in.  Funding arrangements for the 2012/13 academic year will also be announced over the summer.


For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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