Posted 5 January, 2024

Community Grants recently approved

At our Community Grants meeting on 28th November 2023, Trustees approved 14 grants with a total value of £402,500 including grants to the following community organisations:

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Richmond Furniture Scheme (RFS) supplies donated furniture and household goods at minimal costs to local people in need.  By encouraging the re-use/recycling of these goods, the environment is preserved and protected.  RFS are also building community with local employment, work experience and volunteering opportunities.  Our grant of £28,000 will contribute towards the salary costs Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Whitton Network provides transport and social activities for older people in the Whitton and Heathfield areas. These services enable older people who cannot access public transport to attend medical appointments, go shopping and to enjoy day trips out. The charity also provides a befriending service.   Our grant of £7,000 will contribute towards the salary costs of a part-time Services Co-ordinator.

Elleray Community Association runs Elleray Hall Social Centre in Teddington. The Centre provides services to adults in the community: particularly focusing on the elderly and vulnerable. They aim to promote independence and wellbeing and avoid social isolation by offering a safe environment where members can participate in the social activities on offer, have a hot lunch and make friends. Our grant of £35,000 will contribute towards the salary for the Centre Manager and to running costs.

RUILS (Richmond Users Independent Living Scheme) is a user-led charity supporting people with disabilities/additional needs to live independently.  It provides a range of services including: a SEND Advice Service - offering support to those parents who are new to the SEND (Special Educational Needs) process.  RUILS also delivers the Social Prescribing Programme across Richmond.  Our grant of £32,000 will contribute towards salaries and running costs of the Family Matters Service which provides practical support, advice, and information to families with children with disabilities and/or additional needs from the Hampton Fund area.

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