Hounslow Council has awarded over £270,000 to 19 local voluntary and community (VCSE) groups that will support young people, carers and families in the borough.
Published: Monday, 15th August 2022
It’s the first round of two of the Council’s Thriving Communities Revenue funding in 2022.
Thriving Communities Funding is based on need and what Hounslow’s voluntary sector (VCSE) require to deliver positive and lasting benefits for the many different communities across the borough.
Projects which will benefit from the funding, include support for carers, tackling youth violence, sport opportunities for young people and digital inclusion initiatives.
More than £70,000 will support carers across Hounslow including The Mulberry Centre who look to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Harrow Carers, first-time beneficiaries, will offer wide-ranging support for carers in our borough, and Osterley-based Our Barn will provide specialist support for family carers.
Nearly £40,000 has been awarded to sport-related projects including Project Turnover, who, through rugby, seek to re-engage 12–17-year-olds back into education and away from possible exclusion. Hounslow Community Rowing Trust - another first-time beneficiary - provide indoor rowing lessons to state school pupils at Brentford Leisure Centre.
Other new beneficiaries include the West London Queer Project, who will continue to providee resources and safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community across Hounslow. Volunteering Matters’ Knowledge Equals Opportunity (KEO) project, who received £25,000, will focus on young people who have found themselves outside mainstream education.
Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, Councillor Shivraj Grewal, said: “It’s exciting to award funding to such a diverse mix of organisations that will help hundreds of residents across the borough. We look forward to working with the borough’s vibrant voluntary and community sector in supporting our residents through increasingly challenging times.”
Aubrey Crawley, founder of the West London Queer Project, added: “We have an excellent relationship with Hounslow Council, whose support has already seen our organisation flourish this summer. This funding will help us continue growing and we look forward to further establishing a support network for Hounslow’s LGBTQ+ community.”