A new Cromwell social event is one of the 27 successful recipients in the first tranche of the First Connecting Communities funding scheme.

Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group announced last week $25,000 would be distributed across the Southern Lakes region for mental wellbeing activities or events over the summer months.

George Affleck from Connect Cromwell and Val Yakas from the Cromwell Chalets will join forces for a new “Happy Days” social event to help create a stronger community network amongst the residents of the Cromwell Chalets.

“The chalets are home to many fulltime residents and workers and there’s an influx of another 150 workers over the summer. The community is a diverse mix of Indian Chorus workers, Vanuatuan/Fijian orchard workers, and Kiwis.

“Happy Days, is Val’s idea she sees it as great opportunity to bring everyone together and form cross-cultural friendships and strong bonds,said.

The full list of successful applicants is on the Te Hau Toka webpage.

Eligible groups can apply for up to $1000. The next funding round is February 28 to March 11.