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Colchester Borough Homes announces Community Fund winners

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Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) has announced the successful applicants for its first round of its Community Fund.
 
Among the latest Community Fund recipients are St Helena Hospice, Fibromyalgia Support Group Colchester, and the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation.
 
Every year, CBH offers £40,000 over three separate rounds to local groups in Colchester that can offer a vast range of support services, opportunities, and facilities to residents across the borough.
 
A panel of CBH’s tenants and leaseholders assessed the applications for the first round against agreed criteria. A key item was for groups to be both accessible to CBH’s tenants and leaseholders and sustainable.
 

The 11 successful groups for the first round of funding includes:

  • 308 Squadron Air Cadets
  • Blossoms Preschool
  • Colchester CAP Debt Centre
  • D Company Essex Army Cadet Force
  • Essex Men’s Sheds
  • Fibromyalgia Support Group Colchester
  • Mercury Theatre
  • Signpost
  • St Helena Hospice
  • The C3 Church
  • Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation
  • Greenstead Growers
 
Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive, Philip Sullivan, said: “I am delighted that we continue to support local organisations and residents by providing funding to enable some extremely worthwhile work to be completed across the borough. This is going to make a real difference to many people.
“The Community Fund supports the values of Colchester Borough Homes, showing our commitment to bringing together communities from across the borough.”
The organisations to benefit from Round 1 of this year’s Community Fund are:
 
308 Squadron Air Cadets: for new IT equipment to aid digital transformation and support the squadron’s learning and training syllabus
Blossoms Preschool: towards the cost of new CCTV around the school
Colchester CAP Debt Centre: to help train a new Debt Coach/ Assistant Centre Manager and provide more Life Skills advice
D Company Essex Army Cadet Force: for new expedition equipment, which will enable more cadets to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Essex Men’s Sheds: to purchase a PAT safety tester
Fibromyalgia Support Group Colchester: for hall hire, free refreshments, and transport costs for socially isolated to build friendships and combat loneliness and depression