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Council funding supports local voluntary and community groups

Hounslow Council has awarded funding to six local charities from the recently launched Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund.

Published: Wednesday, 24th June 2020

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Age UK, Let’s Go Outside and Learn, East London Advanced Technology Training, the Mulberry Centre, Creative Spaces and Heston Big Local have received funding to help alleviate the impact of coronavirus and support the borough’s residents.

Frances Bennett, Director, Let’s Go Outside and Learn said, “Let’s Go Outside and Learn are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Hounslow Response Fund which will allow us to support people still isolated in their homes by the Coronavirus.

While our lives have been thrown into chaos by the virus, nature is still there as a constant inspiration. The project will use the natural world to inspire, to encourage new skills and old interests, and to bring people together remotely and safely to share their experiences.”

The charities are supporting residents facing isolation and loneliness, mental health issues, providing access to advice and support, addressing digital exclusion and delivering skills and training.

Taz Virdee, Project Manager, Heston West Big Local said: “The Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response fund has enabled us to ensure that over 100 most vulnerable and at-risk families and individuals in our local community have been able to consistently receive our weekly food parcels during the pandemic crisis.

We would like to give a massive thanks to our partners Cranford Community College, members from our local community and local groups, our brilliant, incredible and dedicated adult and young volunteers, Morrisons for their regular food donations, our MP Seema  Malhotra, local councillors and the London Borough of Hounslow for their amazing support during this challenging time.”

Funding is available for projects and services that are delivering support to Hounslow residents most at risk as a result of the outbreak.

Organisations can apply for up to £10,000 from the Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund. Proposals can be made until 31 August 2020, with decisions expected within four weeks.

Julie Peters, Fundraising and Communications Manager, Mulberry Centre, said: “Thank you so much to the Hounslow Response Fund for the grant towards our Welfare and Benefits Advisory Service pilot which starts on 1July 2020. We are thrilled to commence what will be a valuable service to our clients who are suffering financial losses due to COVID-19, and / or cancer. The Mulberry Centre provides information and support services to clients who have a cancer diagnosis, their family members, friends, carers and those bereaved. Our Welfare and Benefits Advice service will also be offered to people signposted to us for bereavement or end of life counselling from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for any disease, including COVID-19, in the Hounslow borough.”

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said: “We are delighted to have awarded funding to these local voluntary and community groups. They are doing such a fantastic job providing vital support to our residents through these challenging times.

The Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response fund will help ensure we have a thriving voluntary and community sector now and into the future. If you are a voluntary or community organisation I would encourage you to apply for this funding.”

Full details of the Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund are available on the Hounslow Council website

Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund information

The fund is open to constituted not-for-profit organisations (e.g. registered charities, company limited by guarantee, unincorporated association or club, community interest company, charitable incorporated organisation) and un-constituted groups working to support local people, e.g. a Mutual Aid Group.

Key areas of need that we are particularly interested in funding are:

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Digital capacity, skill and accessibility for individuals and organisations
  • The increase in domestic violence
  • Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and families
  • Unemployment as a result of the coronavirus
  • Young people’s wellbeing

This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome proposals from organisations providing projects and services that demonstrate a relevant response to the outbreak. Please visit the website for more information on the type of projects and the assessment criteria. 

Contact details

All enquiries about the Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund should be referred to the Council’s Community Partnerships Unit by:



  • 020 8583 2450
  • 020 8583 2454
  • 020 8583 2453
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