Saturday, 3 March 2018
Delight as Chelmsley playground wins substantial funding
MERIDEN Adventure Playground has made a massive step towards securing its long-term future, after being awarded a £30,000 grant for each of the next three years.
The facility, which has had to seek alternative funding following the end of Solihull Council support last autumn, says the money will make a big contribution towards staffing costs.
While more is needed to keep the playground open Tuesdays to Fridays after school and during Saturdays (in term-time) and every weekday in the school holidays, the news has been described as "a really welcome boost."
The money will come from the Tudor Trust, an independent organisation which supports voluntary and community groups working in the UK.
Ali Wood, the chair of the Meriden Adventure Playground Association (MAPA) trustees, said that the support of local people had been invaluable.
"This grant was given on the strength of the evidence of community support and involvement in keeping the playground open. So a big cheer for Chelmsley Wood!"