Posted 16 December, 2021

Community Grants Awarded in December 2021

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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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