No Achy Breaky Hearts at Church Line-Dancing Class

Friends of st pauls church 2018
STROLLING TO SUCCESS – Ribble Valley Mayor Stuart Carefoot with the Friends of St Paul’s Church line-dancers.
Published Monday, 19 November 2018

A church group that hosts popular line-dancing classes is strolling to success thanks to £500 from Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The Friends of St Paul’s Church has received the funds to buy a storage unit for equipment from their line-dancing and Pilates classes, as well as a printer and photocopier, so they can advertise their events to the community. 

The Friends of St Paul’s Church is one of many voluntary organisations in Ribble Valley to receive a slice of £100,000 from the borough council this year.

The group offers get-togethers for the elderly and families, including games nights, quizzes, lunches, tea and chat, Pilates and the ever-popular line-dancing.

St Paul’s Church warden Diane Steer said: “The Ribble Valley Borough Council grant has enabled us to purchase a storage unit, which has freed up valuable space in our meeting room, allowing us to welcome more people to our community events.

“Our activities provide much-needed support to families and the elderly, and we are extremely grateful to Ribble Valley Borough Council for its generosity.”

The Friends of St Paul’s Church is one of many voluntary organisations working quietly in the background to help the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

From volunteer drivers ensuring the elderly get to hospital appointments, to groups offering a warm welcome to the lonely, voluntary organisations are the beating heart of the borough.

And despite a 50 per cent reduction in Government grants in recent years Ribble Valley Borough Council has maintained its support for them, handing out over £100,000 this year alone, ranging from £50,000 for a consumer advice service to £500 for the Friends of St Paul’s Church.

Applications for the next raft of Ribble Valley Borough Council voluntary organisation grants open in January 2019.

Grants are available towards the cost of projects that are sustainable and support or develop the community.

Applications will only be accepted from constituted organisations operating on a non-profit-making basis and able to provide a memorandum or articles of association indicating their voluntary or charitable status.

Full details and application packs will be available at ribblevalley.gov.uk from January.

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