People across Portsmouth will have access to a diverse range of projects, groups and support thanks to more than £30,000 of grant funding.
Portsmouth City Council awarded community inclusion grants to 34 organisations across the city with each bidding for up to £1,000 for projects that aim to make the city a place where all feel welcome with fair opportunities.
The result will see an eclectic mix of projects offering support for a diverse range of residents including refugees, people with disabilities, expectant fathers and LGBTQ+ veterans.
Initiatives include encouraging women into sport; combating loneliness and isolation; new equipment for therapy rooms and family rooms to help people with a learning disability or genetic condition; preventing social exclusion for those suffering mental or emotional distress; and a podcast bringing community leaders together to discuss issues around inclusion, financial hardship and youth crime in the city.
Cllr Attwell said: “I am delighted we have been able to help so many different projects that are going to make a big difference to people across Portsmouth. We had so many fantastic applications and I believe we’ve been able to fund organisations that represent the full breadth of the city’s communities and that will benefit people on a daily basis.”