GRANTS FLOW INTO LOCAL COMMUNITY

Seven voluntary organisations will receive an early Christmas gift as they receive news of a funding boost from our Community Fund.

A charity founded and managed by women, working with ethnic minority women and their families is among the voluntary organisations to receive support from the Essex & Suffolk Water Community Fund.

In the latest round of allocations from the fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation, a total of £7,403 has been awarded to charities and voluntary organisations in Essex, Suffolk and East London.

One of the charities to receive support from the fund is the Somali Women’s Association, which provides free information, advice and support and user led wellness café for all women and their families from communities who live, work or study in the Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. Over the last 20 years more than 7,000 women have received support, help, training and advice from the Association.

Zahra Ibrahim from the Barking & Dagenham Somali Women’s Association said, “We have been given funding of £1,363, to purchase three PCs and software for an ICT hub within our Community Wellness Café supporting women in East London.

“This is a fantastic boost for our facility and will help us to help others make informed choices maintain good health and achieve their potential regardless of their health, education and social circumstance.”

The North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau which has been supporting the community in Lowestoft for the last 50 years has been awarded a grant of £1,395.

Janet John from North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau said, “We are very pleased and thankful to Essex & Suffolk Water Community fund for the contribution towards the development of a Training Suite and Financial Capability Training for volunteers at North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau.’’

Fresh Start New Beginnings which began in 2013 to provide a therapeutic service to child victims of sexual abuse that is tailored to their unique individual needs was awarded a grant of £1,000.

Diana Porter from Fresh Start said, “Our charity aims to help such children and young people overcome their trauma and confusion by helping them understand what has happened to them, giving them tools to overcome difficulties and teaching them to identify their strengths and potential.’’

The grant will help provide therapeutic items like new anatomical dolls, play sand, modelling clay, and other materials that are suitable for small children to express their feelings and to help them tell staff about their traumas during support sessions in Suffolk.

Other organisations to benefit from the recent grants given by our Community Fund are:

· The Hullbridge Senior Citizens Welfare- £500 towards work required to improve the water supply at a community centre

· 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scout Group- £2500 Funds allocated towards purchase of a new sailing boat and seeking additional grant to cover the rest.

· Eye Opportunity Group - £245 towards summer holiday activities for supporting families with pre-school children having additional needs

· Dial Lowestoft & Waveney - £400 to fund the equipment of a charity supporting disabled people in Lowestoft & Waveney

We established our Community Fund with Essex Community Foundation in 2003 to give support to a wide range of local projects and organisations now and in the future.

Grant applications are considered by an employee committee and projects given support must be related to either the environment, health and well-being or community support.

Sarah Pinkerton, Head of External Communications, Essex & Suffolk Water said, “Water is one of the most important commodities in our lives and we are very aware of the essential service we offer to our customers.’’
“Working and serving our communities on a daily basis, we strive to make a positive contribution and our long standing partnership with the Essex Community Foundation is one of the ways we endeavour to this. The grants have gone to seven amazing organisations in our region and I hope that this support will give them a real boost to help them continue their fantastic and much needed work.”

ECF is an independent charitable trust dedicated to improving the quality of life of people in Essex by investing and distributing funds on behalf of a wide range of donors. Since it was founded in 1996 ECF has distributed grants totalling over £28 million to local voluntary and community organisations in Essex to support their vital work.

ECF manages 133 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and public agencies to help them channel their charitable giving in the most effective and efficient way, enabling them to support causes close to their heart and close to home. Voluntary organisations can apply for grant funding at any time. Each year ECF awards around £2 million in grants.

People who want to make a lasting difference in the community can work with ECF in a variety of ways, -from setting up a named fund to making a one-off or regular contribution to ECF’s Acorn Fund, or by leaving a legacy.

About Essex Community Foundation

· ECF is an independent charitable trust dedicated to improving the quality of life of people in Essex by investing and distributing funds on behalf of a wide range of donors.

· Since it was founded in 1996 ECF has distributed grants totalling £28 million to local voluntary and community organisations in Essex to support their vital work.

· ECF manages 133 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and public agencies to help them channel their charitable giving in the most effective and efficient way, enabling them to support causes close to their heart and close to home.

· Voluntary organisations can apply for grant funding through ECF at any time. Each year ECF awards around £2 million in grants. For more details visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call 01245 355947.

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