Twenty small and grassroot charities and community groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been given a huge funding boost this month, with grants totalling £152,493 awarded by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).

Grants of up to £10,000 were awarded from the Including Communities Fund to support organisations working to improve the lives of people who are facing multiple levels of disadvantage, for example through poor mental health, illness or disability. The Including Communities Fund has been contributed to by philanthropists, businesses and other funders committed to improving lives around the region.

Members of Solent Youth Action standing togetherJacqui Scott, CEO of HIWCF said: “At HIWCF we partner with donors who are particularly keen on funding activities that work to directly address inequality in our communities. This latest round of grant funding is distributed amongst groups who are working on the frontline with people experiencing real disadvantage. Our partners and donors understand the importance of bringing communities together and the Including Communities Fund will go a long way to help the people whom these services work with directly.”

Aurora New Dawn, an organisation that offers support, advocacy and safety advice for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking, was awarded £10,000 from the Fund.

Director of Operations, Lyn Tiller said: “The funding will allow Aurora to reach women within the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities and to explore the subject of domestic abuse in a supportive and appropriately facilitated setting. The sessions will focus on different types of abusive behaviour, and the myths associated with domestic abuse. The groups will help build skills and confidence, improving self-esteem and wellbeing and encourage discussion within a group who have shared experience.”

Solent Youth Action (pictured, right) was also awarded £9,888 to fund ‘Project SAVY’, a targeted project for young adults aged 18-25 who are living with disabilities to help improve their social, emotional and economic outcomes through weekly social and volunteering opportunities.

Kailea Hurcombe, Chief Executive Officer said: “These young people will be able to build friendships, gain new skills and contribute to their community in a positive way with our direct support. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer ongoing support for vulnerable young people as they transition into adulthood, thanks to support from HIWCF!”