As we head into Christmas, CEO Jacqui Scott takes a moment to reflect on the year gone by and shares feedback from some of the many charities and community groups supported by HIWCF in 2023.
- Early in 2023, Hampshire charities warned of an unprecedented need for support as a direct result of cost-of-living challenges. We saw this reflected in grant applications – receiving twice as many requests for funding than we had available to spend in grants.
- Thanks to our fundholders and donors, HIWCF has donated nearly £1.5 million to groups supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society. However, while the charity and voluntary sector work tirelessly to support their communities, they are not immune to the cost of living crisis, which is increasing pressure on their day-to-day operations.
- Nationally 55% of people report that the cost of living crisis is having a negative impact on their physical and mental health. Community groups are inundated with people seeking support for increasingly complex problems around mental health, social isolation, and debt.
Looking ahead to 2024
Small groups embedded in the community are perfectly placed to meet the emerging needs of their local residents, but now, more than ever, these groups need support to grow their resilience in a tough economic climate that looks set to remain in 2024. With surging levels of demand placed on services provided by the charity and voluntary sector, HIWCF funding will continue to be crucial to ensure they are sustainable.
We are delighted to have spoken with some of the community groups we’ve been able to fund in 2023, and that we can share some of their own reflections of the year gone by…
Competition for funding
Funding that supports scaling
Effects of inflation
Reaching more people
Knock on impacts of anxiety in the community
Special thanks as we head into the festive season
We are beyond grateful to all our wonderful fundholders and donors who have continued to help meet the needs of these community groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, so that more people can benefit from their support.
Philanthropists and companies can work with HIWCF through one-off funding programmes and endowment donations to enable these vital groups to continue helping vulnerable people cope with the ongoing cost of living challenges in 2024.
- We believe that collaborative working between HIWCF, its donors and the many community groups funded across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, remains an effective approach to reducing systemic inequality and improving the quality of life in our communities.
To find out more about HIWCF and request information on how to support communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, visit www.hiwcf.org.uk