A Parish Councillor and Labour candidate for May’s local elections has successfully secured £12,000 to strengthen community resilience to the impacts of flooding in Whiston.

Tony Griffin – standing for Labour in May’s local elections in Sitwell ward – submitted the funding application to the South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF) on behalf of Whiston Parish Council where he serves as a Parish Councillor. Last week, Tony received confirmation of his bid being successful and that they would receive £12,000 to spend over three years.

The funding will be used by the Parish Council to provide targeted support to local residents to help them with the impacts of flooding to their wellbeing, emotional and mental health.

Tony Griffin, Labour candidate for Sitwell ward, has said:

“The impacts of flooding can be devastating and life-changing for anyone caught up in a flood.


“This funding will support our community in Whiston and help develop our resilience to the impacts of flooding, strengthening our individual resolve and emotional health in these challenging moments.


“I’m proud to have secured this funding for Whiston and I’ll continue working hard for our residents and our community.”

Tony Griffin, Labour candidate for Sitwell ward
Tony Griffin, Labour candidate for Sitwell ward

The Parish Council will undertake work to identify those affected by recent floods and provide them with equipment like pumps, sandbags or flood kits for those specific individuals and places. Whiston Parish Council will also purchase similar equipment for storage and use when needed to respond to flooding incidents in the area.

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