Local Hampshire and Isle of Wight groups receive vital funding
Six local community groups and charities in Hampshire and Isle of Wight have been awarded a total of £34,712 to help support disadvantaged communities.
The grants were awarded through the Comic Relief Core Strength – Local Communities Programme, administered by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF). The fund is unique as it aims to assist groups with their core running costs.
Groups receiving funding from the programme play a pivotal role in supporting local people in deprived areas – but these small groups have been hit particularly hard by the recent economic climate, leaving them in need of core funding to continue their crucial work.
The groups which have received funding are:
- Communicare in Southampton (£7500): offering befriending to lonely, older people, and those with mental health issues, Communicare is extending a staff contract with the grant.
- Good Mental Health Cooperative (£4867): based in Portsmouth, the group supports people to improve mental wellbeing. Funding will cover core staff and venue costs.
- Helping Older People New Forest (£5000): the group provides advice and befriending services to elderly, isolated people in New Forest.
- Loud and Proud (£4845): Loud and Proud holds activities to help young people and families in deprived areas of Gosport – supported by a Project Manager.
- Pan Together (£5000): the grant will contribute towards a community centre’s day-to-day running and bills, and the appointment of a new Cafe Manager. The centre is a place for people to receive advice, companionship, and other services
- Portsmouth Family Welfare Association (£7500): the group received funding to cover staff costs for two people who are experienced with helping people in crisis in Portsmouth
Jonathan Cheshire, Chair of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Comic Relief to support these fantastic local voluntary organisations through the ‘Core Strength – Local Communities’ grants. These groups carry out inspiring work impacting on the day-to-day lives of people in need to make a huge difference. HIWCF works hard to ensure that grant-making focuses on the areas of greatest need and last year we were able to target 70% of our £1.1m grant spend to the 50% most deprived wards in our area.”
To find out more about HIWCF, visit www.hiwcf.com.