NatWest has launched CommunityForce, a new initiative to help local charities, organisations and groups raise publicity of their work and attract volunteers. The programme also provides the opportunity to receive funding through the NatWest CommunityForce awards.
Through the initiative 158 individual CommunityForce areas have been created - one of which is available in the Stafford and Shropshire area, which includes the Cannock Chase - offering local projects the chance to win one of three £6,000 awards.
Organisations and charities can apply for a CommunityForce award at www.natwest.com/communityforce or www.rbs.co.uk/communityforce between 25th July and 4th September 2011. An on-line public vote will then decide which three organisations will receive the awards, ensuring the winners are those that local people feel benefit their community most.
The new CommunityForce initiative will offer organisations more than just financial support. By applying for the awards, charities and projects will become part of a local online network giving them greater visibility and the opportunity to attract volunteers from the local area. NatWest's people will also be volunteering their time and expertise, and supporting the bank's commitment to deliver 7000 days of community volunteering in 2011.
Aidan Burley MP for Cannock Chase, said: 'Last year one of our local charities - the West Chadsmoor Family Centre - was awarded £1,000 through the NatWest Community Fund, the predecessor of Community Force. It would be fantastic if a good cause from Cannock Chase was a winner again this year, so I would encourage officials from Charities and organisations to register so that local people can vote for them.'
Louise Williamson, the manager of NatWest Cannock branch, said: "NatWest has a long and proud history of supporting the community in the area and I'm delighted about the launch of CommunityForce. It is really gives the community the chance to vote for the award winners, ensuring these funds go to the organisations local people value the most."
Louise added: "CommunityForce is part of our ongoing commitment to support the communities where we live and work; not just by donating funds, but also through volunteering our time and expertise"