Community coffers boosted by council funding

COMMUNITY groups received a welcome funding boost from Penrith Council on Tuesday.

Mayor Mark Davies presented more than $30,000 to a variety of community groups at the civic centre as part of Penrith Council's 2012-2013 Community Assistance Program.

A total of 37 projects will benefit from the funding.

Councillor Davies said the projects would enhance Penrith's community activities, particularly for children, seniors, women, people with special needs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

"It's your efforts and your work that binds our community and makes it as strong as it is," Mr Davies told the assembled representatives.

"You enrich the lives of so many people and make a real difference in our community."

The first to be given their grant was Aftercare, and representative Laurence O'Connor said the funds would be used to expand their Diamonds in the Riff program.

Targeted at women, the program encourages Aftercare's female clients to connect with the community, share experiences and gain self-confidence through learning new skills.

Also receiving a grant was the Australian Breastfeeding Association, which intends to use the money to buy breast pumps which they can hire out to mothers.

Each pump costs the association almost $3000.

Community Access Care Pair said their grant would go towards updating their literacy support while Senior's Train Travellers intend to use their grant to purchase a microphone that will benefit their members for their many excursions.

Other community organisations to receive a grant included Nepean Independent Living, Nepean Volunteer Services, Penrith Senior's Choir and radio station WOW FM.

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