May 2021: Six More Local Causes Helped
The Trustees have been pleased to continue to receive a series of new applications in the three month period from February to April 2021 and have been delighted to help the local community by making the following grants:
a) A grant of £2,275 to Mudeford Junior School to enable them to buy laptops to assist the children of families who did not have the necessary equipment so the children could take advantage of homeschooling during the lockdown, without which there was a risk the children would suffer further disadvantage.
b) A grant of £5,000 to Dorset Mind to expand their befriending service in the Christchurch area to help support vulnerable members of the community who are suffering from mental health issues as a result of being shielded or self-isolated due to Covid-19.
c) A grant of £4,620 to SAMEE (Support and Mentoring Enabling Entrepreneurship) to continue their advocacy and support for their self-employed 43 disabled Christchurch clients during the difficulties caused by lockdown and business restrictions.
d) A grant of £2,500 to Christchurch Carnival to enable the volunteer group that organise the annual carnival to relaunch after lockdown so that this important community based event can start again in 2021 and have a future.
e) A grant of £1,800 to Dorset Children’s Foundation to fund the provision of a series of ‘Bags of Fun’ to be delivered by their volunteers to provide education, fun and exercise to those children with mental and physical disabilities that they support in Christchurch, many of whom have been shielding or isolating during the pandemic.
d) A grant of £5,000 to the Park’s Foundation towards their innovative project to improve Waterman’s Park in Somerford by invigorating local volunteer groups to assist in creating a wildlife pond (near the school), a nature area, two wildflower areas, shrubs, seating and improved access for the benefit of Somerford residents.