Voluntary and community groups get £0.25m boost to help recover from the pandemic

Hounslow Council has awarded over £250,000 worth of funding to 11 voluntary organisations and community groups from the second round of the Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund.

Published: Monday, 29th March 2021

Cancer support
Mulberry Centre

Afro-Brazilian  Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute (Cultural Exchange), Age UK Hounslow, Cranstoun, Creative Spaces London, EACH Counselling and Support, Ealing Community and Voluntary Service, Friends of CATHJA, Indian Gymkhana Club, Ivybridge Link Centre and Mulberry Centre are amongst the groups who have received funding to help alleviate the impact of coronavirus and support the borough’s residents.

The projects that have been awarded will help over 15,000 residents of Hounslow. The charities are supporting residents facing domestic violence, mental health issues, support for residents to re-engage with services, activities and everyday life, addressing digital exclusion and working with children and young people.

Tom Stockton, Community Engagement Lead at the Mulberry Centre, said: “We recently received a grant from Hounslow Council to fund our Covid-19 Rebuild Project.  Through this we will support the residents of Hounslow, affected by Covid-19 and / cancer, specifically in engaging with hard-to-reach communities to encourage them to go to their doctor if they have any concerns regarding their health generally or cancer specifically.”

Rob Kemp, Chair of the BridgeLink Centre, said: “We're delighted to receive funding for a new Community Development role at the BridgeLink Community Centre. The role will help to further develop relationships between residents of Ivybridge, BridgeLink centre users and the many local community groups and service providers. 

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with Council’s Community Safety team and to the positive impact this initiative will have on the local community post Covid.”

Gurpreet Rana, CEO of the Ealing and Hounslow CVS said: “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded recovery funding from Hounslow Council to help us deliver a digital and IT capacity building programme for community and voluntary groups across the borough, that will begin shortly. The voluntary sector in Hounslow has proven to be robust and durable filled will committed and passionate groups and services that deliver real change and value to residents lives, our goal going forward will be to support and enhance the way groups operate by supporting their digital delivery and plans to ensure groups remain strong and have the ability to adapt under new operating conditions.”

Elliott Brooks, Director of Communities, said: “We are delighted to have awarded funding to these local voluntary and community groups supporting a wide range of challenges faced by our residents and helping them get back on their feet after very challenging times.” 

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

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