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25.02.11 Category: Leisure & Culture

Arts and voluntary groups receive funding lifeline from City Council

In spite of the challenging economic climate, Worcester City Council will maintain the current level of funding for a wide range of arts, sports and community groups over the coming year.

The Swan Theatre, Worcester Community Trust and Huntingdon Hall are among local organisations which will benefit from over £300,000 allocated in the City Councilís budget for 2011/12.

"This is fantastic news. In the current economic climate we feared the worse, but to have this level of commitment to the arts by a City Council is wonderful," said Chris Jaeger, Chief Executive of Worcesterís Swan Theatre.

The funding also means that key events in the cityís calendar such as the Worcester Festival, Shakespeare at the Commandery and the Three Choirs Festival, which are all due to take place in Worcester this summer, will go ahead as planned.

"Despite our funding pressures, we have worked hard to protect grants to voluntary organisations this year in order to try to support them at a time of considerable change. I believe they have an important role to play in building a stronger society and helping to empower communities," commented Simon Geraghty, Leader of Worcester City Council.

The Worcester Community Trust will receive the highest grant at £162,080. It runs the cityís community centres in Brickfields, Dines Green, Ronkswood, King George V, Tolladine and Midland Road.

The funding will allow the Trust to continue a variety of activities for five to 12 year olds, youth sessions for 12 to 18 year olds, stay and play groups for young families and exercise and lunch clubs for the over-50s.

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