Kids’ wind farm windfall

Photo Ian Robinson'Coal Clough Wind Farm

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A youth group has been named among the latest organisations to benefit from the Lindhurst wind farm’s community funding scheme.

The Detached YouthProject, which works primarily in Rainworth and Blidworth, has received a £2000 grant to help cover its core costs.

The charity works face to face with young people to change lives.

It provides youth clubs, play schemes, educational and training services and employment opportunities.

The Lindhurst Wind Farm Community Fund is administered by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation.

Michele Walker, a senior officer with the Foundation, said: “We are delighted to support Rainworth and Blidworth Detached Youth Project and help our young people strive to their full potential.”

Katy Woddington from RWE Innogy UK, the company which developed and operate Lyndhurst Wind Farm, said: “It is fantastic to see so many worthwhile projects and organisations benefit as a result of the wind farm.

“This round of funding invested £12,000 into the local community.

“Over the lifetime of the wind farm the fund will see over £250,000 go to community projects and activities in the surrounding area.”

Since the wind farm became operational in 2010, the fund has supported projects such as a new skate park for children, brass band instruments, garden facilities amd a Hippotherapy initiative—a type of physiotherapy involving horses.

The Woodside Farm Stables Riding For The Disabled received another £2000 in this funding round.

Other winners include the Rainworth University of the Third Age (U3A), Age UK and Mansfield InStep walking group.

All three organisations provide social activities for older people.

Age UK will put the funds into its Men In Sheds programme at Blidworth.

The project offers a fully-equipped workshop where over-60s can come together and put their practical skills to good use.

Blidworth Colliery Welfare Cricket Club received £2000 in funding, as did SS Simon and Jude church, Rainworth.

For information on applying to the Community Fund visit www.nottscf.org.uk.