Willow Walker gets glimmer of hope from Lib Dems

September 17, 2009 9:35 AM
Cllr Ian Nimmo-Smith

Ian Nimmo-Smith

Homeless magazine, Willow Walker, has been given a glimmer of hope by Cambridge City Council.

Officers have called a meeting for September 22 to discuss a wider fund-raising strategy for the homeless and the magazine's future will be discussed at that meeting.

The idea is to co-ordinate all the efforts of agencies working with the homeless so that work is not being duplicated.

Officers also hope to be able to put together funding bids for smaller projects which the organisations want to run so that they are in place when money becomes available.

Cambridge City Council leader, Ian Nimmo-Smith said: "We are looking to creating a much more co-ordinated approach to funding projects for the homeless generally.

"The work of Willow Walker will be looked at closely, along with the magazine's spin off projects such as the radio show, to see if we can help as part of our new strategy.

"We are anxious to make sure that if we can offer a small amount of money to rescue the project that there will be other sources of funding to keep it going."

Cambridge City Council gave Willow Walker a start-up grant in 2004/05 but was not approached for follow-up funding.

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