Girton Town Charity

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Providing housing for Village residents for the next 25 years

7 Dec 2016

Ensuring that truly affordable homes are available for Girton residents who may not qualify for those on offer from the council or a housing association is at the centre of a long-term strategy for Girton Town Charity.

Following on from opening the Almshouses at Centenary Court, GTC is seeking planning permission for three houses on the site of the WI Hall. The Trustees can see that these houses are clearly not enough to meet future demand and are now looking to expand GTC’s property portfolio to meet likely resident needs over the next 25 years.

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Community Centre unveiled at Village meeting

7 Nov 2016

Thirty villagers attended the meeting held at Girton Glebe Primary School on Wednesday 12th October to hear about the new Community Centre and see for the first time what facilities it will offer

Dr Robin Hiley, Chairman of Girton Town Charity which is building and will run the Centre, told the meeting that this was an end to a long process which started back in 1999.

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New Community Centre for Girton

7 Oct 2016

For the last ten years, Girton Town Charity Trustees and their advisors have been working on a scheme to create a Community Centre at Wellbrook way for the residents of Girton.

The final part of the Planning Permission was granted in September and it is hoped that work will be starting on site in Spring 2017.

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GTC Sensory Garden

7 Aug 2016

As part of its remit to enhance Village life for all residents, GTC is announcing a new project – a Community Sensory Garden to be created at the entrance to Wellbrook Way.

The Trustees have recently awarded the project to Sylvia Newman Garden Designs, a family-run business located in Longstanton which has designed and planted many gardens, in a wide range of different settings.

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Gearing up for the future

7 Jun 2016

Positive Year For Girton Town Charity Reported At Parish Meeting

The last 12 months have been busy and productive for Girton Town Charity, reported Chairman Dr Robin Hiley at the Annual Girton Parish Meeting on 19th May. Read more for some of the highlights.

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New Trustees join GTC

7 May 2016

Girton Town Charity welcomed two new Trustees, Chris Green and Patsy Smith to its Board in April, both long-term residents of the Village.

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Community Warden Scheme provides support

19 Mar 2016

The Community Warden Scheme provides invaluable support for older village residents. GTC works in partnership with Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and currently provides funding for them to employ Gail Cooke as Community Warden in Girton, assisting older people living in their own homes to continue an independent lifestyle. Here Gail tells us about her role, how it helps our older Village residents and how to get in touch if you feel you – or a relative or friend – could benefit from this valuable service. 

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Almshouses continue to help local families

10 Mar 2016

Currently GTC has 14 almshouses, comprising two and three bedroom homes at Centenary Court and bungalows in Michael's Close and Fairway. These are intended for Girton families, either to help them save and move onto the housing ladder or for active retirees who can live independently

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CarePlus Scheme

10 Dec 2015

Provides valuable service for Village residents.

As part of its objective to improve the community by offering a range of Grant Schemes to meet the needs of residents, Girton Town Charity (GTC) operates the CarePlus Grant Scheme which provides respite care for people living in the Village and their carers. 

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Support for family carers

10 Nov 2015

Three out of five people will be a carer at some point in their lives and it’s important that they know about the services and support available in their area. That’s why Girton Town Charity (GTC) is delighted to support a number of initiatives in collaboration with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire to help the many carers currently living in the Village.

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Could you benefit from an Educational Grant?

28 Oct 2015

The Girton Town Charity Educational Grant Scheme is open to all individuals leaving secondary education for further or higher education or training.

You must have lived in Girton for a minimum period of two years immediately before leaving secondary education and be a Girton resident at the date of the claim. So what type of courses are covered?

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Helping older Village residents

20 Oct 2015

Working in partnership with Age UK Cambridgeshire, GTC has appointed Patricia as an Older Residents' Co-ordinator to support older people within the Village to access existing services and recognise gaps where new clubs and groups could be introduced. 

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GTC supports outreach services In Village

4 Aug 2015

Did you know that you can benefit from two services – Relate and Citizen’s Advice Bureau – right here in Girton? With funding from Girton Town Charity (GTC), both organisations deliver a range of services to Village residents, without them having to travel into the centre of Cambridge.

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Youth Project brings wider benefits to the Village

24 Feb 2015

From painting to ping pong and drama to dodge ball, Girton’s young people have access to a wide range of activities run by the Youth Project which is led by Tim Shuker-Yates, funded by Girton Town Charity (GTC) and managed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough YMCA.

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Do you need help getting to hospital appointments?

13 Aug 2014

If you have problems using public transport, do not have your own transport or find it difficult to use your own car, GTC’s Hospital Taxi Scheme can help you get to outpatient appointments at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Brookfields Hospital or Chesterton Hospital.

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Girton Town Charity (GTC) exists to enable Girton residents to lead as full a life as possible in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

One of the main ways we can offer help is in the form of Personal Grants so that you can pay for things to enable you to do this – whether it's providing a disabled shower, helping fund some training for a career change in later life or buying equipment for a member of your family with special needs.

In addition to helping residents in specific circumstances – each one assessed on need and eligibility – we also offer a range of Schemes and Grants.

If you feel that you could benefit from GTC's help, why not contact our office and find out more?