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Recipients of our final round of Community Fund are announced

Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) is excited to reveal the successful applicants of our Community Fund’s final round of funding.

Throughout the year, a total of £40,000 has been shared among local organisations and charities across the Borough, with a panel of tenants and leaseholders assessing applications against the agreed criteria.

The panel awarded funding to groups who submitted ideas which will deliver a positive impact to local residents and communities. Following a decision in November, the latest recipients of the funding are:

  • Reaching out for Christmas
  • Colchester Sea Cadets
  • Christmas Tree from Neighbourhood Services
  • Wivenhoe Congregational Church
  • Age Concern
  • Tots to Teens
  • Boaz Virtual Christmas
  • Little Explorers Pre-School

Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive Gareth Mitchell said: “In what’s been a challenging year for many, I’m proud of the local support being offered by so many groups across the Borough. They have provided essential support to residents and communities throughout the pandemic and I’d like to thank them for all their hard work.

“Colchester Borough Homes will always ensure residents are at the heart of what we do and to be rooted in communities. This is why we remain committed to supporting our communities through the Community Fund.”

Further information of recipients from the previous two Community Fund rounds is available here.

Please see below a summary of all the projects which benefitted from the Community Fund and what they intend to use the funding for.

Age Concern

The fund will support the pen-befrienders initiative. Residents will receive regular letters, starting in late December 2020 and will run until November 2021.

Boaz Virtual Christmas (Run by Divine Assembly Ministries)

The award will be spent on purchasing Christmas party food items, which will be bagged and delivered to individual’s and families’ doorsteps for the upcoming virtual Christmas party.

Christmas Tree from Neighbourhood Services

The fund will help with the installation of a 25ft Christmas tree at the war memorial to the front of Castle Park, to be enjoyed by families across the Borough.

Colchester Sea Cadets

The fund will be used to help install a new heating system onboard the Colchester Sea Cadet Lightship. Cadets will be able to continue to attend Colchester Sea Cadets during the winter months and receive the vital training and social contact they enjoy. They can also hold events to the wider community throughout the entire year.

Little Explorers Pre-School

The fund will support essential repair work to the perimeter fence to ensure the facility is safe and secure.

Reaching out for Christmas
The fund will support the organisation deliver 50 Christmas Hampers to lonely people.

Tots to Teens

The fund will support Tots 2 Teens by helping them cover the costs for a room at the Greenstead Community for a six-month period. Tots 2 Teens support parents by providing clothes, accessories and essentials to families that need them due to other financial pressures.

Wivenhoe Congregational Church

The fund will be used to help maintain the property and its grounds so that people can return next year.