First Grants Awarded
Following ratification by Suffolk Community Foundation trustees, we are delighted to announce that the following grants have been awarded:
Access Community Trust
Access Community Trust works in communities throughout Suffolk and Norfolk supporting people to overcome issues and barriers that prevent them from living independently in their communities and reaching their potential.
Awarded £1,980 to build on the organisations successful Sam's Coffee House and commence Sam's Clubhouse.
ActivLives work across Suffolk with all age groups, many who are often vulnerable, lonely and isolated –due to age, disability, cultural barriers, lack of skills, unemployment or poverty. ActivLives provides a wide range of community led activities that support over 1,000 people each year, from health walks to lunch clubs and community singing.
Awarded £2,000 to enable the organisation to continue to run its successful community Lunch Club.
Greener Growth CIC
Greener Growth’s mission is to provide practical opportunities to allow communities to work together to understand biodiversity, through learning to plant, grow and harvest fresh fruit and vegetables on vacant or underused land such as school playgrounds, prisons and community spaces.
Awarded £1,980 to support the Kessingland Community Kitchen Project.
PHOEBE is a registered women’s charity that specialises in supporting black and ethnic minority womenand children who are victims of domestic violence. Support includes access to specialist advice and information, casework, advocacy and counselling to a diverse group of women to promote greater inclusion within mainstream society. The group also encourages social engagement offering a youth club and drop in service at Tower Street in Ipswich. PHOEBE aims are to empower vulnerable women to build resilience to escape the dangerous and abusive environments in which they live.
Awarded £1,999 to restart food sharing activities in the women's ESOL classes.
REACH Community Projects
REACH tackles poverty in Haverhill and the surrounding area. Their work includes a drop-in centre which provides practical support for approximately 180 people per month struggling with poverty related issues.
Awarded £2,000 towards salary costs for the part time warehouse supervisor.
Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project
The caravan visits rural locations in Suffolk that are often without a bus service or community centre, and offers social contact, information and guidance to residences to reduce the risk of rural isolation. Over a coffee and a chat, they provide a vital bridge between rural communities and services, linking individually to vital information and support to improve their overall health and well-being.
Awarded £2,000 towards administrative support for the organisation to assist with the 'Meet Up Mondays' project.
Stour Valley Vineyard Church
Storehouse Foodbank was originally set up to provide food to individuals and families in crisis following a request from Sudbury Social Services 9 years ago. They have established a network of 40 food collection points at stores, organisations and churches who regularly donate food to the project. Storehouse is run totally by volunteers who collect food from the collection points and transport, sort, date, stack and make up into food bags for distribution at the 2 weekly drop-in sessions.
Awarded £2,000 towards core running costs for the Foodbank in Sudbury.