Nearly £4,000 has been allocated to three community groups in Royston and surrounding areas.

North Herts Council has allocated £3,807 worth of funds to support the services of the groups, following a meeting at the Royston Community Forum on Tuesday, June 11.

Barkway Preschool received £1,218, which it will use to buy sports equipment and iPads.

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The preschool aims to boost children's physical education, support skill development, team-building, and track children’s growth and key learning moments.

Outside of the Box CIC will use its £1,294 to purchase mellow mats and Chromebooks

The sensory mats will be used to create an inclusive environment for children with special needs, while the Chromebook will be used for internet safety courses, coding and CV writing skills.

Royston Swimming Club received £1,295 for Swim England coaching courses, which will be used to train new coaches consistent with the new Swim England requirements.

Jeanette Thompson, North Herts Council’s service director for legal and community, said: "These grants are a testament to our commitment to supporting local organisations.

"By funding these projects, we are investing in the future of our community, helping to enhance educational opportunities, improve wellbeing, and promote healthy lifestyles."

The next opportunity for groups to seek support is the upcoming Royston Area Forum on Wednesday, September 11.