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Community groups benefit from grants

Newbury Town Council has awarded £2,350 in grants to assist projects and proposals helping the elderly, vulnerable and at-risk communities in Newbury in response to the coronavirus crisis.




When the crisis began, Cllr Gary Norman, Chairperson of the Council’s Grants Subcommittee, explained that the Council took this move in order to assist charities and other organisations who need funding to respond to the emergency.


“Greenham Trust has match funded the amounts that the Town Council have donated which doubles the value of the grant. This will facilitate an even greater contribution to the incredible work being done by organisations at the moment in these difficult and unprecedented times."


He continued, “We are very happy to be able to help these organisations, who are all doing extremely good work at this difficult time."


The organisations which have received funding are as follows:


Home-Start West Berkshire £1000 Home-start West Berkshire has had to make changes to the delivery of their services throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. Their team has prepared a package of support for families during this difficult time. They are managing to successfully continue working with families and are providing weekly telephone support. Volunteers and staff are offering doorstop support to deliver food, nappies and other equipment to self-isolating families and they are keeping families up to date with advice, fun resources and support on coping through the crisis with #athomewithhomestart on their social media channels.


West Berkshire Community Baby Bank £600 The West Berkshire Community Baby Bank is a volunteer scheme which has been set up by local people to support families which donates free equipment and clothes to those in need. They urgently need more supplies of nappies & wipes, cot beds, mattresses and washing machines.


Newbury Soup Kitchen £250 The Newbury Soup Kitchen is a voluntary organisation providing help and support to the Newbury homeless, rough sleeper community and those less fortunate than others. They are currently operating a temporary delivery service to provide food for those temporarily housed and the vulnerable. The grant will be used to purchase hand sanitiser for front line workers. The sanitiser is being produced by a local firm, The Gin Company, on a not for profit basis, to assist key workers and others at the front line during the emergency.


Swings and Smiles £500 Swings & Smiles is usually a place to play for children with special needs and their families. During the Coronavirus pandemic, they have been working hard to carry on providing support, friendship and play to those who need them. They have done this by hosting on-line quizzes, support sessions and virtual chats with families.


With funding still available, any charities operating in the Newbury area that need £1,000 or more of funding to help those impacted by coronavirus should apply via The Good Exchange.


Applications for less than £1,000 should be sent via email to grantenquiries@greenhamtrust.com . The Town Council will be working closely with Greenham Trust to rapidly review and consider all applications submitted via either method.


Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said: “Home Start, West Berkshire, West Berkshire Community Baby Bank, Newbury Soup Kitchen and Swings and Smiles are all extremely worthwhile causes, even more so at the moment and we hope that our donation, kindly matched by Greenham Trust will go some way to help continue to great work they are doing.”

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