FROM a singing group to a canoe and sailing club a number of organisations in Chippenham are benefitting from the town council's coffers to the tune of £6,743.50.

Their Community Donations are made three times a year to groups who come forward to request help with a particular project.

The council said those chosen for a grant must have objectives which "support a vibrant town centre, a sustainable environment or neighbourhood and community benefits."

Cllr Richard Bambury, chair of the Community Donations said: “We are delighted to offer these community donations which will make a real positive change to the local community.”

The latest grants go to Alabaré Christian Care of Unity House who were awarded £1,305.50 towards their work with supporting people in their homes by offering help with dental care.

Chippenham Sailing & Canoeing Club were awarded £2,000 to go towards the purchase of new equipment to encourage more people to use and enjoy the river.

The Friends of Redland School have been given £1,000 towards an additional space called the Arctic Cabin to help the emotional wellbeing and support children with their mental health.

The council also chose to give £1,000 to Olive Branch Counselling as the charity has moved to new premises and need help with equipment to set up counselling rooms and office space.

Relate Wiltshire & Somerset helps people to have safe and happy relationships. Their award of £928 will support a bursary programme for those in financial hardship in the Chippenham community.

Finally the Village Singers have been awarded £500.

They perform two programmes twice a year at various local venues and they also travel internationally, most recently to perform at Carnegie Hall. The community donation will go towards room hire costs for rehearsal space.