Hounslow Council has awarded over £300,000 to fifteen voluntary groups as part of its Thriving Communities Funding.
Published: Monday, 11th September 2023
Among the beneficiaries are six disability centred projects, who have been given nearly £147,000. These include two dedicated to autism, a swimming club for people with dementia*, buddying for those isolated through disability and two that alleviate practical issues associated with disability, including the support of carers who may be overwhelmed with related paperwork.
Four projects around young people and families worth nearly £70,000 have also been awarded, including an initiative focused on ending violence against women and girls and an innovative partnership with RollaDome org, (pictured) that seeks to increase the employability of young people not in education or employment.
Councillor Shivraj Grewal, Cabinet Member for Communities, Equalities and Culture said: “We have awarded over £600,000 to local groups this calendar year, based on need and aligned to our priorities as a Council.
“The result, including this exciting set of projects, is a mix of activity that further compliments and enriches our vibrant voluntary sector.”
Anne-Marie Waugh, Founder and Chief Executive of RollaDome, who have received £29,646 to benefit young people not in education or employment added: “We are grateful for the support which will help further establish ourselves in West London. As an organisation, we have a proud history of using skating to engage young people and this specific project will focus on individuals that can benefit from what we’re good at; helping kids and their families move towards more positive outcomes at a crucial time in their development.”
Funding for the Thriving Communities Fund is provided through the Local Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the Community Partnerships Unit (CPU) and the Housing Revenue Account (HRA).
*Hounslow has been recognised as a dementia friendly borough by the Alzheimer’s Society