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Herts county councillors boost Age Concern and Citizens Advice with grants

One of Bishop's Stortford's three Herts County Council members has awarded £1,000 to Age Concern in the town.

The grant will enable the charity to support one-off events and create promotional materials to encourage pensioners who have been shielding or isolated in their homes to get out and reconnect with their community.

Cllr Alastair Ward-Booth, a Conservative who represents the Bishop's Stortford West division, said: "Age Concern Bishop's Stortford have done sterling work supporting some of our most vulnerable elderly residents during the pandemic and I'm pleased to give them a locality budget grant to support their important work."

Cllr Alastair Ward-Booth
Cllr Alastair Ward-Booth

Like the authority's 77 other members, he has £15,000 to spend this year on good causes.

Cllr Ben Crystall, the Green Party member for Hertford All Saints, has awarded £500 to Citizens Advice East Herts. The funding will support the costs of training volunteers and running community engagement events on housing, debt, employment and benefits issues.

He said: "Citizens Advice East Herts plays a vital role in supporting vulnerable people in the community, especially during recent lockdowns. And at a time when other sources of funding are under pressure due to cuts, I'm delighted to be able to provide a grant to help this organisation continue its fantastic work across the district."

Cllr Eric Buckmaster
Cllr Eric Buckmaster

Sawbridgeworth's HCC member, Conservative Cllr Eric Buckmaster, has awarded £750 to East Herts Council to pay for a one-off event in the town's Bullfields park for young people aged 11 to 19. The event will be based on football and will be led by an organisation called Soccerwise.

He said: "I really appreciate the work Hertfordshire Services for Young People do in the county and look forward to seeing the activities that can be provided at Bullfields ."

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