24 February, 2011
The Higher Croft Action Group (HCAG) has successfully secured funding for a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) which will benefit the entire community with the assistance of Forbes Solicitors. The MUGA, which is set for completion in May 2011, comes as a result of much hard work on the part of HCAG in obtaining the necessary funding.
HCAG was set up in 2008 with the aim of focussing on the youth of the community. The youth in the area had very little to do in terms of activities and facilities and so anti social behaviour was becoming a problem. HCAG have set up several initiatives to reduce the anti social behaviour and work on community engagement and cohesion. Anti social behaviour has reduced significantly since the launch of HCAG and over 200 young people have passed through the Friday night 'YO' youth club.
The new games area will be based at Newfield Drive and has been funded through the Community Spaces programme. The Community Spaces grants programme is being managed by Groundwork UK as an award partner to the Big Lottery Fund. Community Spaces is part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces initiative. The Big Lottery Fund has awarded over £3.6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes since 2004.
Christine Robinson, Chairwoman of HCAG comments, "We tried to engage a solicitor for several months but as we are a voluntary group many were reluctant to deal with us. Adam Bromley at Forbes was recommended to me by a colleague with previous experience of Lottery funding and he came along at the right time. Without his assistance and understanding of the issues specifically facing the Charity/Volunteer sector we would have struggled."
Adam Bromley, Commercial Property Solicitor and member of the specialist Charity Sector Group comments, "It was a pleasure to work with Christine and the HCAG in securing funding for the MUGA. I was pleased to be able to step in to assist where others hadn't and play a part in bringing this new resource to an area where it is much needed. As a keen football player myself I understand how important it is for the youth of the area to have such a facility!"
The project will hopefully be completed in May 2011 when the entire Higher Croft community can make use of the brand new facility.
Forbes' specialist Charities Group is made up of members of the business law, commercial property, employment and commercial litigation departments. Over the last few years the group has undertaken a significant amount of work in this sector and currently provides specialist advice and guidance to a diverse range of charities.