AVOW Making a Difference Grant Success
The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) has been enthusiastically fundraising all year to raise funds to give back out to local communities in Wrexham through its Silver Jubilee Make A Difference (MAD) Grant Scheme. AVOW was set up in 1988 to provide help and support for any voluntary and community organisation across Wrexham.
A number of fundraising activities have taken place throughout the year including quizzes, a sponsored walk, cake sales, bag packing and culminating in the AVOW Extravaganza Concert in November. Business and individual donations have also been received from a wide variety of organisations including Kronospan and Meadow Vale Foods as well as a donation from the Llangollen Women’s Festival and help from ASDA and B2C.
The ambitious target of £10,000 has been successfully achieved and some of the monies raised have already been distributed to 13 Community Groups and Voluntary Organisations within Wrexham County Borough.
Successful applications include;
- Wrexham SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) for the purchase of a bereavement bench at Plas Acton Cemetery
- Wrexham PHAB Club (to help with the cost of the insurance on their minibus so they can continue taking people out)
- Wrexham Feeding the Roofless (a valuable service that provides food and drink to the Roofless through their outreach service – the grant will go towards maintaining the service over the Christmas period)
- Bradley Fishing Club (to maintain the river bank and pathways keeping it accessible for all users), and
- Johnstown Over 60’s club (Christmas event for their members thereby reducing isolation)
John Gallanders, Chief Officer of AVOW said “this has been a special year for AVOW and we wanted to show our appreciation to the Voluntary and Community sector in Wrexham County Borough for their support throughout the last 25 years. Some thought that the target of £10,000 was too ambitious and it has been tough, as fundraising generally is in these difficult economic times. However we were determined and we have had a lot of support from all quarters – staff, trustees, volunteers, businesses, our service users, performing arts groups and some very generous individuals – AVOW would like to thank each and every one of them”
As all the monies raised have not yet been distributed AVOW will be re-opening the Fund again from January 2014 and would welcome new applications from Voluntary and Community Groups in Wrexham County Borough for projects that will really make a difference within for local communities.