Drop Inn celebrates Safe Rave cash boost

A Belper scheme to give kids a safe place to meet and Ambergate Carnival Committee are set to benefit from Derbyshire County Council grants.

The council’s Community Action Grant fund has given £750 to the Drop Inn, Derwent Street, to run Safe Rave Workshops – a diversion scheme which provides activities and a safe place to meet for young people aged 12 to 18.

Founder Andrea Fox said: “We’re really pleased to be awarded the money because it will make a massive difference. We have been borrowing a mixer from a local DJ. We can now run workshops that keep up with the latest trends. The DJ workshops will start in September and then the Safe Raves will return towards the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, Ambergate Carnival Committee will received £880 to buy a marquee, bunting, traffic cones, two gazebos and four two-way radios in time for next year’s extravaganza.

In the fourth funding round just announced 50 groups have taken a share of grants totalling £41,284 to help them improve life in their communities. More than 200 local clubs and groups have so far benefited from grants totalling more than £163,000 from the fund.

Cllr Carol Hart said: “Our Community Action Grants have been running for a year now and as the scheme progresses it’s been fantastic to see what groups are doing for their local area. We know that even a small amount of money can make a real difference to what they want to achieve so we’re delighted to support them with our Big Society grants.”

Successful bids will include activities or projects that allow local people to improve life locally. They must also support the council’s key social, economic and environmental priorities. Grants could pay for local events and activities for teenagers, street and community improvement grants, play equipment and care, support or activity groups for older people. For more visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cag