Posted 18 March, 2022

Community Grants Awarded in March 2022

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Community Grants  March 2022

At the Community Grants Panel meeting on 8th March 2022 the Trustees approved 13 grants with a total value of £251,200. Grants approved included the following:

TAG Youth Club for Disabled Young People  is a local charity providing a unique programme of stimulating activities with a commitment to include all children and young people with a disability regardless of their level of need. The Club runs through the year, including school holidays, delivering fun, engaging and education activities including short breaks, sessions with family and friends, and a group for siblings and young carers. Our grant of £15,000 will contribute towards  salaries and running costs to support activities for up to 56 young people from the Hampton Fund area.

Based at Elleray Hall in Teddington, Elleray Community Association is a charity providing a range of activities and services for elderly and vulnerable adults in the community. The centre provides a safe environment where members can participate in the activities on offer and where they can socialise and make friends. Each weekday the café at the centre provides a hot lunch and refreshments at a low price  Activities include creative workshops, fitness and games sessions and a specialist reminiscence  group for older people with dementia. A transport service to the centre and home is offered to people who cannot use public transport. The centre also provides volunteering opportunities for members and people in the local community. Our grant of  £24,900 will contribute towards the salary costs for the Activities and Volunteer Manager,  supporting up to 150 older and vulnerable people from the Hampton Fund area.

Addiction Support and Care Agency (ASCA), based in Richmond,  is a local charity providing counselling and support for people with addiction problems and their family members/carers. The charity is the only specialist addiction service in the local area providing this type of support. Our grant of £12,300 will contribute towards the salary costs of the part-time Service Manager to support up to 39 people from the Hampton Fund area.

Based in Hampton, Age UK Richmond upon Thames is a local charity  providing a wide range of services and activities for older people. Our grant of £64,200 will support salary costs for 4 members of staff providing Information and Advice services including a helpline, a welfare benefits service and an ‘Advice Extra’ service which includes complex casework. At a time when many people are concerned about rising household costs the service provides support and advice for up to 950 older people living in the local area.

Richmond MENCAP provides a range of services and activities to improve the quality of life and opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities. Our grant of £12,200 will support the costs of a programme of weekend activities and trips and summer holiday activities for 37 young people with learning disabilities from the Hampton Fund area. The programme will help the young people to develop and maintain friendships with their peers and increase their self-confidence within a safe social setting. The activities will also encourage the young people to try new experiences and reduce their feelings of social isolation. Families will also benefit from respite from caring responsibilities.

Community Grants  December 2021

At the Community Grants Panel meeting on 9th December 2021 the Trustees approved 14 grants with a total value of £247,500. Grants approved included the following:

OK Music Trust is a local charity providing music therapy and music lessons for children and young people with physical, learning, neurological or psychological difficulties to improve their wellbeing and quality of life.  Over the last year the charity has been proactive in providing adapted sessions online and face to face tuition where possible.  Our grant of £15,000 will support 1:1 lessons and  performance opportunities for up to 28 young people living in the Hampton Fund area of benefit.

Based in Hampton, Linden Hall Community Centre is a well-established  venue providing adaptable and low cost space for a wide range of activities. A lunch time group for older people runs twice a week and a busy Parent and Toddler groups runs on two mornings and one afternoon.  Recently Linden Hall has launched a surplus food hub on a Thursday morning in partnership with The Real Junk Food Project.  Our grant of  £25,000 will contribute towards salary costs for the Centre Manager.

SPEAR Housing Association Ltd is a local charity providing a range of services to support homeless people back into independent living.  Our grant of  £45,000 will support salary costs to provide training and employment support for up to 130 homeless people in the Hampton Fund area.   The people supported will participate in a programme of confidence building activities and develop independent living and practical skills.  They will also have the opportunity to engage in a pre-employment programme and to volunteer at SPEAR or with other community organisations to gain work experience.

Food for Thought Heathfield is a new community initiative running a food surplus project on Heathfield Recreation Ground twice a week on Thursday and Saturday.  The organisation was founded last year in response to the pandemic, and surplus food is collected  from local organisations and supermarkets 7 days a week.  The project works collaboratively  with local Food Banks,  the Real Junk Food Project, and other organisations to ensure that donated food does not go to waste and is used for the community.  The project also offers hygiene items to those in need,  in partnership with the Hygiene Bank in Twickenham.   Our grant of £5,000 will support salary costs for a part-time Coordinator for the project.

Based in Teddington, Crossroads Care  is a well-established local charity providing specialist respite care for children and adults. Over the last year there has been a significant increase in the number of carers contacting the charity and the pandemic has made the respite care offered even more valuable for carers who are experiencing social isolation and increased levels of stress.  The charity also runs a weekly Carers Café at Hampton Hill Theatre providing advice, support, and information for carers.   We awarded 2 grants, £38,000 towards the provision of 1:1 respite care and the running costs of a Saturday Club for children and young people which provides respite for parents/carers and siblings, and a grant of  £5,000 towards the running costs of the Carers Café.

Community Grants  October 2021

At the Community Grants Panel meeting on 21st October 2021 the Trustees approved 11 grants with a total value of £227,400. Grants approved included the following:

Richmond Carers Centre is a well-established local charity based in Twickenham. The charity provides practical support,  advice and information to those who care for others who are dependent on them.  The charity supports adult carers and young carers.  Over the last year there has been a significant increase in the number of carers contacting the charity and the pandemic has made the services offered even more valuable for carers who are experiencing increased isolation and levels of stress.  Our grant of £49,400 will contribute towards the salary costs for 2 Adult Carers  Support Coordinators to coordinate the programme of support for adult carers in the Hampton Fund area of benefit.

Based in Hampton Hill, the Greenwood Centre on School Road, is a well-established venue providing adaptable and low cost space for a wide range of activities run by community groups. Over recent months the Centre has played a vital role as a Covid vaccination hub.   Hampton and Hampton Hill Voluntary Care Group run the Greenwood Centre and from their office based on the ground floor they also deliver Community Transport and Befriending support services for vulnerable local people.   Our grant of £40,200 will contribute towards salary costs for the staff team who run the Centre and deliver support  services.

The Trustees awarded a grant to Richmond Music Trust, a charity based in Twickenham,  to support their bursary scheme for children and young people from families living on a low income.  The bursaries subsidise small group and individual lessons, provide the free loan of a musical instrument when necessary, and subsidised membership of an ensemble.  Our grant of £26,000 will support bursaries for up to 100 children and young people attending local schools in the Hampton Fund area of benefit.

The People Hive is a local charity, based in Twickenham, supporting people with learning difficulties.  The People Hive Hub, located on Heath Road,  includes workshop space providing a wide range of activities and a shop called The Gallery selling crafts and artwork produced by local artists. The Gallery provides work experience opportunities for people with learning disabilities and also raise funds for the charity.  The People Hive also provide a range of group activities to help reduce social isolation and provide opportunities for greater independence for people with learning disabilities.  Our grant of £30,000 will contribute towards  salary costs for the team who run the People Hive Hub and enable them to develop further activities and support.

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