£24,000 of funding announced for five new projects from Rochester Riverside Community Board

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The Rochester Riverside Community Board, which oversees funding for community projects across Rochester on behalf of Countryside and Hyde, has announced its support for five new projects, totalling £24,000 of funding.

The projects being supported include Medway Fashion Week, which follows the inaugural event held earlier this year and will showcase upcoming and premium designers from the Medway area on the runway in 2022; the Hygiene Bank Medway, which tackles hygiene poverty by improving access to many of the everyday hygiene and household cleaning products most of us take for granted; and the Non-Visible Disability (NVD) Initiative, which is run by the Medway Neurological Network and will raise awareness and provide training on NVDs, in order to improve the wellbeing and inclusion of people living with NVDs in the Rochester community.

Two projects previously supported by the Community Board have also received funding in 2021. Following the initial repair and improvement works made to the outdoor and playground areas at St Margaret’s at Troy Town School, the second phase of the project has now received funding, enabling outside furniture to be purchased which will allow for outside teaching and for the area to be used to its full potential. Wave, an arts club for young people that functions as a suicide and self-harm prevention project, has also received funding for the second occasion, having previously been supported by the Community Board in 2019. Organised by Intra Arts, the arts club provides a ‘safe space’ for members to work creatively and develop a healthy mind.

The Rochester Riverside Community Board was set up to ensure that the benefits of Rochester Riverside, Countryside and Hyde’s £419m regeneration scheme in Medway, are felt across the area, bringing to life worthwhile initiatives and ideas that enhance the local area with an annual budget of £30,000 available for selected community-led projects.

Andrew Usher, Managing Director, South London and Thames Gateway, Countryside, commented:We are committed to ensuring that the benefits of Rochester Riverside go far beyond the new homes and amenities that we are creating, and the Community Board plays a key role in achieving this. We are delighted to support these five new projects which will make a valuable contribution to the Medway community, and we are looking forward to seeing them progress.”

Guy Slocombe, Chief Investment Officer at Hyde, said: Having received so many high-quality applications, we are proud to support these five imaginative and diverse projects, which demonstrate real evidence of community engagement and will help to make Rochester an even better place to live. Applications are currently open for projects this year and next, so it’s not too late to join these projects and have your idea supported.”

The Community Board ensures that the community funds will be allocated to local stakeholders and organisations through a robust and transparent application process. Funding applications for 2021 and 2022 are currently open - those interested should apply now by visiting www.rochesterriversidecommunity.com, where examples of previous completed projects supported by the Community Board are also available to view.

Rochester Riverside is the region’s flagship regeneration project. Delivered by Countryside and Hyde over the next 12 years, it is creating a new mixed-tenure community of up to 1,400 new homes, a new primary school, nursery, hotel, 2.5km river walkway, commercial units, parking, green open spaces, play areas and landscaping.

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