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"We hold events like this so we can channel money where it is needed, to projects and facilities that will make the most impact.”

Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive

Dragons Den

Community groups in Erewash have been awarded £3,250 after taking part in a Dragon’s Den style bid for funds from local social housing provider, emh homes.

The panel, headed up by emh group Chair Jeff Knight, emh homes Chair Bob Hingston and emh group Chief Executive Chan Kataria at a recent resident roadshow, allocated grants of up to £1,000 for projects that promote community, education, the environment, health, financial and digital inclusion.

Among the successful applicants were £1,000 for a local food growing project, £1,000 for the renovation of a community room, £500 towards a defibrillator, and £500 for music equipment for young people.

Flo Schoolar, who pitched for a contribution towards social trips for the Petersham Afternoon Club and was awarded £250, said: “We were very pleased to be given the funding. We’ve lots of trips planned this year, including visits to Liverpool, Scarborough and Blackpool. Without our club some of those attending wouldn’t even be able to get out, so we are grateful for the emh homes’ support of our work.”

The resident roadshow was also an opportunity for senior members of the emh group board and the emh homes team to speak with residents regarding any tenancy or property management issues and universal credit.

“At emh group we recognise the importance of community. We hold events like this so we can channel money where it is needed, to projects and facilities that will make the most impact,” said Chan. “This opportunity to meet with our customers and hear their opinions directly is incredibly valuable.”

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