HIWCF is delighted to announce that grants worth over £288,000 are benefiting 55 charities, community groups and voluntary organisations, helping vulnerable local people whose lives have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The grants from the ‘We’re All Together’ Fund will help family support groups, mental health and wellbeing organisations, homeless charities and groups tackling loneliness and isolation across the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight region. Seven larger strategic grants will also enable local organisations to focus on digital inclusion, financial awareness and black and minority ethnic community needs.

A grant to Youth Options is providing outdoor learning activity days for children and young people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight who have suffered bereavement and care leavers whose lives have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The project gets young people outside, investigating nature, building friendships with others who have shared experiences and forming supportive relationships with staff.

Youth Options photo credit to Lee Davey

Carly Redwood, Fundraising & Communications Manager at Youth Options said, “The pandemic has made a huge impact on children and young people. Many are facing loss; whether that is the loss of opportunities or, very sadly, the premature loss of a loved one. We are incredibly grateful to HIWCF for allowing us the opportunity to support those that need us most, allowing them to build relationships, spend positive time outdoors, and build up coping strategies to support their mental wellbeing.”

The Vine Centre supports vulnerable adults, families, older people, veterans, and the Nepalese community in Rushmoor, providing support across a range of services including specialist mental health and addiction support, homelessness prevention, general support and counselling. The grant will enable the Centre to extend their current services, as during the pandemic, demand has risen by a third, meaning access to help and services for more people on the waiting list.

One client to benefit from support from the Vine Centre said, “I wanted to say thank you for the help you continue to give me, I may seem like I’m not getting anywhere but in my head I’m slowly becoming someone I don’t mind being.”

A grant to Jane Scarth House, Romsey Cancer Support Centre will provide counselling services and complementary therapies offering emotional and practical support to people living with cancer, their family members, friends and carers.

 Romsey Cancer Support Centre Manager, Rachel Tucker, said, “We are so glad that we can help people who are feeling very alone as the impact of cancer affects people both physically and mentally. Our counsellors are able to offer counselling by telephone, zoom call or in person, all of which are free of charge and usually within a week of initial contact with the centre. In addition, our therapists have been able to offer reflexology, aromatherapy and manual lymphatic drainage therapies at a time when these services have been significantly reduced or stopped by other providers. Thank you HIWCF, the impact of this grant will be felt by so many people who are in need in Hampshire.”

Photo: Jane Scarth House Therapists, Michele and Mandy

A grant to Spark Community Space in Southsea is providing a safe place for older people who are struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness to get together, either face to face or online, depending on their wishes and needs.

Becki Simmons, Founder of Spark Community Space said, “Thank you to HIWCF for supporting us with a grant, this helps us to continue our ‘pay what you can afford cuppa and a cake space’ getting people out of their homes and helping them spark back into life, avoiding the effects of social exclusion that can have such a detrimental impact on their health and wellbeing.”

Kate Shurety, Interim Chief Executive at HIWCF, said “We would like to thank our donors for their goodwill and generosity for our ‘We’re All Together’ Fund, enabling us to support the health and wellbeing of those who are most vulnerable in our local communities. There are huge social needs resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and we urge families and businesses to partner with us to focus on helping those less fortunate as we know the crisis is far from over. Our new Recovery Fund will be launching soon, to help communities to recover from what has been an incredibly difficult time, please do join us and help us to make a difference to the lives of local people.”

Since 2006, HIWCF has distributed £13 million in grant funding to support local communities and last year provided emergency grants worth £2.3 million to provide groceries, hot meals, medication, laptops and befriending services for those needing help during the pandemic. The team are keen to talk to local businesses, families and individuals who would like to get involved and help the local charitable sector to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more on www.hiwcf.com/

The groups to receive grant funding from the ‘We’re All Together’ Fund are as follows:

Organisation Area in which Organisation is Based Project Area
Test Valley Men’s Shed Basingstoke and Deane Laverstoke, Overton, Whitchurch
Citizens Advice Bureau Basingstoke Basingstoke and Deane Basingstoke and surrounding areas
Basingstoke & District Young Carers Basingstoke and Deane Basingstoke and Deane
Home-Start North West Hampshire Basingstoke and Deane Basingstoke and Deane
Community Furniture Project Basingstoke and Deane Basingstoke
ARK Eastleigh Eastleigh Eastleigh
New Life Domestic Eastleigh Hampshire and surrounding area
Youth Options Eastleigh Hampshire, Southampton, Eastleigh and surrounding areas.
Solent Youth Action Eastleigh Eastleigh
Young Peoples Wellbeing Service Ltd Eastleigh Eastleigh Borough and southern parishes
Blue Lamp Trust Eastleigh Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Elizabeth Foundation Fareham Across Hampshire.
Motiv8 Gosport Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Portsmouth
Brendoncare Clubs Gosport Gosport
Vine Day Centre Trust Guildford Rushmoor
Jigsaw Family Support Havant Havant and surrounding area
Home-Start Hampshire Havant Hampshire
Aspire Ryde Isle of Wight Ryde, Binstead, Wootton, Bembridge, Brading, Fishbourne
Ryde Methodist Church Isle of Wight Ryde
Home-Start IOW Isle of Wight Newport
Suicide Prevention & Intervention (SPIIOW) Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
People Matter IW Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
Storeroom2010 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
Isorropia Isle of Wight Ryde and Newport
Isle of Wight Youth Trust Isle of Wight Across the Isle of Wight
SPUD New Forest New Forest, Sway and Lymington
Sandleheath Village Hall New Forest Sandleheath
Compass Counselling Service New Forest New Forest
Youth and Families Matter New Forest Totton
Hampshire Fostering Network New Forest Across Hampshire.
It’s Your Choice New Forest New Forest area
New Forest Mencap New Forest New Forest
Brunel Monday Carers Group Portsmouth Portsmouth
Spark Community Space Portsmouth Southsea
St Simon’s Church Portsmouth Portsmouth, Southsea, Leigh Park,
Headway Portsmouth and SE Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth
Mustard Seed Autism Trust Rushmoor Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot (Hart and Rushmoor)
Rushmoor Healthy Living (RHL) Rushmoor Aldershot
Baby Necessities Southampton Southampton Southampton City, Test Valley, Eastleigh and Totton
Friends of Polygon School Association Southampton Southampton
Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship (SCRATCH) Southampton Southampton
Safe New Futures Southampton Hampshire
Cruse Bereavement Care, South Hampshire Branch Southampton Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
Re Minds Southampton Southampton and Hampshire
No Limits Southampton Southampton
Southampton Voluntary Services Southampton Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Greenbuttercup CIC Test Valley Romsey and District
Romsey Cancer Support Centre – Jane Scarth House Test Valley Romsey
Andover & District Mencap Test Valley Andover
Unity Test Valley Rural areas in Test Valley
Alabare Christian Care and Support Wiltshire Andover
Swanmore Voluntary Care Group Lunch Club Winchester Swanmore
Wickham Community Association Winchester Wickham
MHA Communities Winchester Winchester Winchester, Alresford and surrounding villages
Key Changes Music Therapy Ltd Winchester Winchester