12:32PM, Friday 20 December 2013
A trio of community projects in Maidenhead have been handed Christmas bonuses of £2,000 thanks votes from their supporters.
The Royal Borough’s neighbourhood budget scheme made £6,000 available to share between 11 projects, with a public vote deciding the three winners.
Family Friends’ Looking Out for Me programme attracted the most votes.
The scheme - which was supported by 365 people - supports children living at home with a parent who has either substance misuse or mental health problems.
A football project to encourage children aged seven to 11 in the north Maidenhead and Laggan Field into sport and away from criminal and anti-social behaviour picked up 182 votes.
Waltham St Lawrence Cricket Club grabbed the last award for a new Astro Turf practice facility with 141 votes.
The winning projects were agreed by the authority's cabinet participatory budget sub committee on Monday, December 16.
“The neighbourhood budget scheme demonstrates how relatively small amounts of money can go a long way towards helping local organisations make a big difference in their own community and to people of all ages in our borough," said council leader Cllr David Burbage.
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