Hundreds of pounds has been donated to a community club, which helps and supports women who live on their own.

The Cliviger Monday Club has been announced as one of ten worthy applicants chosen to receive a grant from the Miller Homes community fund.

The group has been run by a committee of seven ladies for the past five years. Throughout that period, membership has steadily increased.

The social group provides ladies from the local community a space to meet up once a month to enjoy the company of others whilst listening to guest speakers and participating in activities such as summer outings. 

The Cliviger Monday Club applied for the first round of funding contributions in the autumn of last year, in hopes of obtaining money to continue the hire of the hall for their regular meetings.

The club was granted £250 in funding from Miller Homes, which will go towards covering the cost of hiring their meeting space, at Cliviger Village Hall.

The money will also enable the club to keep membership fees at an affordable level while still providing good quality speakers.

Committee member Brenda Smith at Cliviger Monday Club said: “We are very appreciative of the grant provided by Miller Homes.

“A lot of our members are ladies who live on their own and really look forward to our meetings. The funding will go towards keeping our memberships low and continuing to provide great events and guest speakers at our meetings.”

Clare Noakes, Miller Homes’ sales director for the North West, said: “We are delighted to have provided funding to the Cliviger Monday Club.

“The ladies are doing fantastic work with promoting social inclusion and we hope the ladies continue to enjoy the services they provide.”

The initiative was set up by Miller Homes in September 2022, for local groups to have the opportunity to apply for donations between a minimum of £250 and a maximum of £2,000. The applications for the second round of funding are now open.

The homebuilder saw a flurry of applications within the first few weeks of the fund launching in September 2022, attracting community groups across the region to apply for support. The initiative extended across its 10 regions in England and Scotland – generating more than 400 applications.

Across the UK, 96 community groups have been supported and after much consideration, 10 worthy causes in the North West were chosen by Miller Homes staff who volunteered to take on the role of Community Fund Ambassadors.

The second round of the Miller Homes Community Fund applications is now open, and charitable and community groups are encouraged to submit their applications before the May 8 deadline.