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Computer expert Richard encourages Action Grant applications

24 January 2020

We know that many colleagues are involved in their communities and have helped to spread the word about our Action Grants scheme.


The grants support the work of community groups, clubs, charities and parish councils and we’ve now awarded Action Grants totalling £632,000 to 712 projects across Derbyshire since it launched in May 2018.

Richard Thorowgood - the Service Relationship Manager for Commissioning, Communities and Policy - has helped to encourage applications to the scheme and ended up getting involved as well.

As an IT expert he could see that PCrefurb in Glossop would benefit from a grant.

This charitable organisation refurbishes donated IT equipment which can then be used by groups in the wider community like the Thriving Communities project in Gamesley. They successfully applied for a £500 Action Grant which helped to buy tools to repair computers.

Richard has also volunteered at the Eyam Repair Café. This was set up in February 2019 aided by £500 from the Action Grant scheme to help with equipment and publicity. The café aims to repair items rather than people throwing them out. Richard said:

"I went along to see how the café worked and was impressed! The volunteers were doing great work to repair stuff but lacked someone with computer skills. I was happy to get involved.”

He added:

“These community groups make a relatively small amount of money go a long way and help to support our local communities as well as encouraging re-use and recycling of otherwise unwanted items.”

Round 7 of Action Grants has a deadline for applications of 31 January and then the final round closes on 31 May. Find out more, including details of all the grants awarded so far.

There are now six repair cafes in Derbyshire and a national Big Fix event on Saturday 15 February 2020 promoting the work of repair cafes nationwide.