Our latest Community Cares Fund grant winners

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Meet the local good causes and charities who have received a grant through our Community Cares Fund this September.

Our Community Cares Fund is our way of giving back to our local communities.  

This year, we’re giving away over £200,000 to local groups and good causes in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk who are reducing loneliness and isolation by bringing communities together, providing people in need with access to good quality, nutritious food and helping people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.  

We’re really pleased to announce the recipients of the first £100,000 from this year’s Fund. We can’t wait to see the amazing things they will do with the funding they have been awarded.  

If you run or are involved with a local group or charity and want to find out more about the Community Cares Fund and when the next round is open for applications, click here 

In Essex, we’ve been able to give grants to nine good causes.

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About the projects

  • Camp Jojo will provide camping weekends to families with children with disabilities.  
  • Clacton Pride will use the grant to create a new community space where members of the LGBTQ+ community will feel safe and accepted. 
  • DNA Networks are planning to provide vouchers for families in need, enabling them to buy winter coats and shoes as part of the Essex Free School Uniform Project. 
  • Heads2minds will continue to develop a project that provides pet-assisted therapy for primary school-aged children in Colchester. 
  • Little Explorers Pre-School will use their funding to create a project which introduces children to new foods and teaches them about healthy eating and food production. Find out more about the project on our Blogs page here
  • MAZE Group CiC will provide specialist counselling for parents of children with SEND. 
  • Stepping Stones Play & Learn Group (Colchester) will use their grant to support children aged 0-11 with complex additional needs. 
  • West Mersea Lions are aiming to purchase a new community bus. 
  • Open Road will support the development of a parent and baby group that helps parents recovering from substance use. 

In Suffolk, we've given grants to 11 good causes.

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About the projects

  • Action for Children will be using their funding to support the Amaryliss Housing Project, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people. 
  • Disability Advice NE Suffolk (DANES) are supporting the 'Warm and Well in Waveney' project, which helps people living with disabilities cope with the cost-of-living crisis. Find out more about the project by reading our blog here
  • Felixstowe Creative Arts Trust will be providing a 10-week improv drama course for adults experiencing various mental health challenges, including anxiety. 
  • INVOLVE Active will use their funding to replace out of date personal care facilities at their Crest site which are currently causing a barrier to access for their service users. The new combined toilet and shower unit will provide facilities on site for use by everyone, whatever their disability.  
  • Mid Suffolk Voluntary Organisations Forum will use their grant to support their You're Welcome project in Stowmarket which helps to increase engagement within the community, improve participants emotional wellbeing. 
  • Suffolk Mind will run a 6-month pilot for a LGBTQ+ peer support group in Ipswich. 
  • Suffolk Young People's Health Project will use their grant to fund the Project's Girls Group, held at 4YP in Ipswich Town Centre on Tuesday evenings. The group aims to support young girl’s emotional wellbeing and reduce harmful behaviour.  
  • The Art Station will run creative sessions for Leading Lives clients in Saxmundham. The sessions will provide the opportunity for a group of people with learning difficulties to express themselves, gain new skills and confidence by enjoy time together. 
  • The Compass will provide emergency food, baby supplies or fuel vouchers to help vulnerable people experiencing poor mental health. 
  • The Seagull Lowestoft CIC will be expanding their activities for those living with dementia. 
  • Transforming Futures - Suffolk will be using their grant to fund an Autumn term programme for families who foster, adopt or have special guardianship.  

In Norfolk, we've given grants to six local good causes.

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About the projects

  • Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Young Carers Project will use their funding to support young carers families with the cost of school uniforms. Find out more about this project via our Blogs page here
  • Harleston Information Plus will fund the 'Make a Difference' club. The club was set up to respond to the needs experienced by Harleston residents due to the impact of Covid-19 on health, wellbeing and confidence.   
  • Henderson Trust will use their grant to continue a free, weekly informal arts and craft group for women with mental health difficulties aged 18+. 
  • Nelson's Journey will purchase 50 Smiles & Tears gift boxes for bereaved children and young people (aged 0-17). 
  • SoulShine Healing Ltd are using their grant to support the 'Marvellous Mums' group which meets every Thursday morning at the Wellspring Family Centre in Dereham. 
  • The Norwich Dandies will create a community mural at Centre 81 in Great Yarmouth. Centre 81 is a day service centre for adults with disabilities in Great Yarmouth. 

Our previous Community Cares Fund grant winners

We've given over £500,000 to local good causes since the Community Cares Fund launched in March 2020. Find out more about the groups and projects here.