Andover Young Carers Projects in Test Valley to benefit from a share of Hampshire County Council’s Have Your Say grant funding have been announced.

More than 1,200 people across the borough voted to decide which projects would receive a slice of £17,500. The money was split between the north and south of Test Valley and residents were asked to vote for their top five projects.

In the north of the borough the public voted for funding to be shared between:

Andover Young Carers, Giving young carers the chance to be children (awarded £2,000)

Andover Food Bank, Fresh on Fridays (awarded £1,903.50)

Chilbolton Parish Council, Save our Shop (awarded £2,000)

Andover and District Mencap, Play and Chat at the Ark (awarded £1,600)

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire, Carer Support (awarded £1,500)

In the south of the borough the public voted for funding to be shared between:

Jane Scarth House Romsey Cancer Support, The Mindfulness Project (awarded £1,500)

St. Francis School, Community Allotment (awarded £1,685)

Youth In Romsey, Success in Apprenticeships (awarded £2,000)

Youth In Romsey, Allsorts Youth Club (awarded £1,800)

Romsey Town Council, Romsey Christmas Lights (awarded £1,500)

Councillor Ian Carr, leader of Test Valley Borough Council and chairman of Test Valley Partnership, which is the organisation responsible for allocating the funds locally, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to all those who took the time to submit bids and place their votes. Congratulations to all those who successfully secured funding. I hope the money helps to make a real difference to the projects, groups and residents that are set to benefit from it.

“The County Council’s Have Your Say scheme is all about handing over responsibility to our local communities to decide what’s most important to them, and I am delighted to see such a great range of initiatives receiving funding.”

Councillor Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for communities and partnerships, said: “The Have Your Say scheme has given people a real voice in how money is spent in their local area and has provided an opportunity for local grass roots community projects to be supported. The core principles of the scheme are to identify and respond to community needs by enabling residents to select funding opportunities and decide on the grants to be allocated.

“Districts across Hampshire have already benefited from this scheme through grants awarded over the last three years, and these awards have really helped to strengthen these local communities by drawing people together and giving ownership through the decision-making process.”

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