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Sutton wins £220,000 grant to get people more involved - 22.06.09

Sutton Council working with the local voluntary sector has won a £220,000 government cash pot to inspire more residents to play an active part in borough life.

It will fund a campaign encouraging more local people to become active in the community and take up leadership positions as school governors, trustees of voluntary groups and councillors.

The aim is to encourage more women and people from ethnic minorities to take up these roles in Sutton so there will be a special focus on these two groups.

The two-year plan of action will include events showcasing what opportunities are available, workshops and training to give people the skills they need and outreach programmes to identify people who would make excellent community leaders.

The programme will be delivered with the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS), Sutton Racial Equality Council and the Volunteer Centre.

Sutton is the only London borough to win this funding.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"This is brilliant news. Many residents tell us they want to get more involved in borough life and have a bigger say in the services they receive from the council and other organisations.

"It's often the case that people have a real desire to change or improve their local area but don't know where to start.

"This funding will help us change that, creating new opportunities for people to play a part in community life.

"I know from personal experience how fulfilling it is to serve as a councillor and a school governor and I know the money will be well spent on encouraging more residents to take part and take pride in Sutton."

Last updated: Monday, 22 June 2009

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