Colchester Borough Homes announces Community Fund winners
Colchester Borough Homes has announced the latest round of successful applicants for its Community Fund.
Six community groups will benefit from a share of Colchester Borough Homes’ (CBH) £40,000 fund. A panel of our tenants and leaseholders assessed eighteen applications against the agreed criteria, looking for the greatest impact on both individuals and communities in the borough.
While the Community Fund winners have received funding, some groups may have to delay starting their initiatives because of Covid-19.
Colchester Borough Homes Director of Operations, Karen Loweman said: “It’s particularly important that even during these unusual times, we’re still able to support local organisations and residents by providing funding that makes a real difference.
“The Community Fund highlights our continued commitment to support communities from across the borough. It’s unfortunate that some of these wonderful initiatives may be delayed this year, however I look forward to seeing how they support communities and individuals in the future.”
Please see below a summary of all the projects which benefitted from the Community Fund and what they intend to use the funding for. Some of the below organisations may not be able to start work on their initiative yet, due to restrictions of Covid-19:
Greenstead Community Centre (GCC)
GCC is a popular facility for the Greenstead community, and one which responds flexibly, compassionately and creatively to community needs. It hosts ‘The Filling Station Café (currently providing delivery service only, due to Covid-19) which offers visitors a selection of meals and snacks. Centre staff would be available throughout the day, providing details on the different activities and support on offer.
The funding will eventually help to replace the old, tired chairs located around the centre with brand new ones. This will create a more professional, comfortable environment.
Abbacus Early Learning
They run two local pre-schools in the North Colchester area which offer childcare. As they usually operate during the school term times, the holiday periods can mean families struggle to find local and inexpensive places where parents can relax and children can play.
The Community Initiative Fund will be used to support a community café, known as Abacus Cabin, for local families offering a child-friendly space during the school holidays.
Action for Family Carers (AFFC)
AFFC support young carers and provide club nights for young carers in Essex. They also offer a range of services for adult carers and their families including information and advice, counselling, telephone befriending, support to access work and training, support for carer health and wellbeing through their Feeling Good Caring Well programme.
The funding will help them to continue providing events for young carers, however due to Covid-19 these are currently on hold.
The Lexden Springs appeal fund supports Lexden Springs school, which has pupils aged 3-19 with severe physical and neurological disabilities. Many pupils have autism, and some have life-limiting conditions and complex medical needs.
Their aim as the school’s Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) is to provide support, opportunities and equipment which would not be accessible within current school budgets. Staff, pupils and parents can suggest things that would benefit pupils and put suggestions in a formal way via bid forms.
Their current priority is to purchase a new, wheelchair accessible minibus, as their 16-year-old one is no longer working. It is a vital piece of equipment to their pupils, who use it to access the local community, giving them vital educational and independent living opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge.
The Community Fund has been a big help in helping them achieve their target, especially as many of their fundraising and sponsored events have been cancelled this year.
Abberton and District Cricket Club
Abberton and District Cricket Club offer opportunities for an active lifestyle, improved well-being and a chance to meet new people and socialise throughout the year. They offer dedicated cricket coaching to youngsters aged 5-18 with accredited and DBS checked coaches.
The funding will help them update their outdoor, non-turf facility which is in urgent need of refurbishment so players can enjoy cricket once the club is open again.
Their mission is “Providing supported housing for young people in crisis”. Helping young homeless people aged 16-25 realise their potential and thrive by providing accommodation, support and guidance which enables them to develop the character, skills and confidence to live independently.
CBH’s Community Fund will enable them to better support residents when they move on from Korban to independent living. Over the next three years, they anticipate being able to support nine residents (three per year) in this way; giving them extra support, meetings and purchasing small essential items such as tea towels and saucepans. This will help them settle in well to their new accommodation and help them make the best start possible.