VENUES FOR MEETINGS
***PLEASE NOTE THAT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FULL COUNCIL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE SWALLOW OFFICE, THE OLD ENGINE HOUSE, OLD PIT ROAD, WESTFIELD, BA3 4BQ***
COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN THE DOWNSTAIRS MEETING ROOM AT THE OVAL OFFICE, COBBLERS WAY, BA3 3BX
Calendar of meetings:
YOUTH CONNECT PROJECTS
Youth services in Westfield are going from strength to strength.
The latest project was one to help Year 11 children to do CVs and talk about careers. They talked of college courses and apprenticeships and one of the Youth Connect PAs helped them with applications.
8 young people in Westfield are qualified first aiders – watch this space for more details of them receiving their certificates.
Adult volunteers are still needed to help with ongoing projects. If you are interested at all contact Katy Roberts on 07966 880422.
CHANGES TO RUBBISH COLLECTION SERVICES FROM NOVEMBER
HOME ENERGY LOAN
Local home owners wanting to improve the warmth, comfort and efficiency of their homes can now apply for a new Bath & North East Somerset Home Energy Loan.
The Council’s Energy at Home Scheme has collaborated with not-for-profit lender Wessex Resolutions C.I.C to make this loan available. It can be used to help spread the costs of installing energy saving measures such as: boilers; loft, cavity wall, and solid wall insulation; and renewable energy technologies.
The Energy at Home Scheme provides free home energy advice to residents and help to make energy saving home improvements. Grants are still available through the scheme for most measures, however where the grants do not fully cover the cost of the works, the remaining up-front costs can be prohibitively expensive. The Home Energy Improvement Loan provides a new option for home owners to help spread these costs over time, making energy saving home improvements more manageable.
Home owners can apply for a Home Energy Loan of between £500 – £15,000, with a repayment term of between 6 months and 15 years. The loan has a representative rate of 4.2% APR. It is subject to an affordability and credit check, and it will require a home visit from an advisor.
To find out more about the loan, or for any other home energy related queries, contact the Energy at Home Advice Service:
0800 038 5680
Bath & North East Somerset Council is also pleased to announce that they are now working with Dyson Energy Services as its new Energy at Home Delivery Partner. Dyson Energy Services is working hard to get in contact with all the referrals made over the last few months whilst the scheme has undergone this transition. If you have not yet been called back, or if you have had works completed through the scheme and have any queries about how this change may affect you, please contact the Energy at Home Advice Service.
Groups tackling mental ill health, loneliness and improving wellbeing are invited to apply for grant funding
A grant-making charity in the West of England is offering up to £2,500 grants to groups in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) who are working to tackle the causes of mental ill health, social isolation and distress, or to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing.
Quartet Community Foundation is managing the grant fund on behalf of Bath and North East Somerset Council, and is inviting applications from groups that are just starting out, as well as more established groups that need support to become sustainable into the future.
The fund is particularly interested in receiving applications from groups who are member-led or who are hoping to develop in this area, and in groups that are working to meet the wellbeing needs of isolated men.
Claire Wynne Hughes, Philanthropy Executive at Quartet Community Foundation, said: “Our main aim through this fund for B&NES is to strengthen communities and reduce loneliness and isolation. There are some amazing groups working in the area, who work with people to increase their independence, confidence, self-esteem and skills. We encourage any groups that are working to help local people to promote health and wellbeing to apply for the chance to get a real boost for your group.”
One local group that was awarded a grant from this fund last year was Creativity Works, a charity that offers a range of art forms including creative writing as a way for vulnerable local people to build their confidence, find their voice and connect with others. Creativity Works used their grant of £1,500 to fund a weekly creative writing group in central Bath, including some sessions with a professional writer.
One group participant said the grant had allowed them to move from isolation to participation: “…the grant has made a massive difference to us. Once people get here they know they can get support from one another. They know they can rely upon each other.”
The deadline for group applications is 24th February.
To find out more about the B&NES Supporting Communities and Wellbeing grant or to apply, visit www.quartetcf.org.uk
DRAGONS’ DEN 5
What do YOU want to see happen in our community?
The Radstock & Westfield Dragons’ Den event is the most foremost participatory budgeting exercise in the Big Local Family, it has been run the most often, for the most number of years, giving the most money to the most groups. Get involved and get inspired. Find out how to apply here.
BaNES CHAIRMAN’S CHARITIES
Bath and North East Somerset’s Chairman, Cllr Alan Hale, has announced the three charities he will be supporting during his year in office.
• Whizzybugs at the RUH, a charity that designs and and builds small powered wheel chairs for children under five with cerebral palsy.
• The RICE Institute at the RUH, which carries out research, treatment, support and much more to for individuals affected by dementia and their carers.
• Butterflies Haven, which is based in Keynsham but serves a much wider area, providing support, motivation and other services for people on the Autistic spectrum.
Cllr Hale has decided to adopt a different approach to fundraising and won’t be holding a grand dinner and dance; instead he is asking local communities to help fundraise.
He said: “I have decided to break with tradition and organise lots of smaller events to enable the wider community to get involved. I want to encourage groups, churches, social clubs and others to hold functions that will enable the community to have fun whilst raising money for three very worthy charities, very much like the how it works with Children in Need and Comic Relief.
“This idea will allow us to include the whole community as some people might be able to organise a small scale coffee morning whilst others might feel able to hold a choir concert or organise a sponsored event.
“I want everyone to feel wanted and included and most importantly to have fun in what they decide to do. I don’t have funding to support these but I will endeavour to support them, and attend as many as I can.”
A number of events are already in the planning stage but the Chairman is hopeful that many new ideas will come forward to raise funds for the charities.
Those who wish to organise an event can contact Cllr Hale at Chairs_office@bathnes.gov.uk or ring on 01225 394235. Their events can then be publicised on the Council’s website and on other social networks. The Chairman can also be contacted to discuss fundraising idesas on 0117 9837923.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
Parish Council is delighted to announce we have a Twitter address and are now able to communicate with even more residents and businesses in Westfield.
Our Twitter address is @westfield_pc
We look forward to hearing from you!