MP Pauline Latham pledges support to Belper’s blue box centre

Sarah Latham MP
Sarah Latham MP

MP for Mid-Derbyshire Pauline Latham has called for a debate to be held in relation to the availability of funding for community groups and charities from local Government.

The request came after the closure of the Blue Box community centre in Belper owing to an arson attack last year.

Mrs Latham has pledged her support to re-opening the centre, and is currently looking at means of assisting the community group in finding a means of doing so. She has also written to Belper Town Council to request that should the group make a funding application, they would look upon it favourably.

Mrs Latham said:“Blue Box is an important part of community life in Belper, and it is a tragedy that in its present state, it cannot provide the services it once did. I am determined to provide whatever support I can to the centre’s youth workers to ensure it reopens.”

“I am pleased that the Government has committed itself to making it easier for charities to apply for funding, and I will certainly be writing to Blue Box to make them aware of the help available via Funding Central.”

The Leader of the House joined Mrs Latham in her condemnation of the arson attack. Mr Hague also mentioned that the cabinet office is funding the ‘Funding Central’ portal, a free service offering a searchable database of funding opportunities for charities and community groups, and offering free fundraising training to community groups.