Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has awarded grants worth £50,000 on behalf of Moneybarn, a vehicle finance lender based in Petersfield and part of Provident Financial Group. The latest round of grant funding has been awarded to 11 local organisations working to alleviate the underlying problems that prevent social inclusion.

David Shrimpton, Managing Director at Moneybarn said, “Moneybarn is committed to investing in local organisations through our Social Impact Fund. This is especially important at a time when barriers to social and financial inclusion have been amplified as the country continues to respond to Covid-19. The voluntary sector continues to experience unprecedented demand and funding is consistently stretched further than ever, so it’s important to us as a business to support small voluntary organisations who provide a much-needed lifeline to so many in our communities.”

Grants have been awarded to the following local organisations:

Jacqui Scott, HIWCF Chief Executive added “We would like to thank the team at Moneybarn for their continued support for our local communities through their generous corporate social giving programme, helping to meet the needs of local people and giving them the life opportunities that they deserve. The Moneybarn grants were awarded to projects and activities that were invested in improving social inclusion in their communities – and building a sense of belonging to our community is crucial during the ongoing covid crisis.”

Home-Start Butser (pictured above © Andy Aitchison) has been awarded a grant of £2,150 which will enable them to deliver a 10-week Preparation Course to train up to 10 volunteers to work with and support local families with young children going through a critical time in their lives.

Nicola Winter, Scheme Manager said “This grant is invaluable as it allows us to recruit and train new volunteers to be able to support local families with young children going through a challenging time.  Following the 10 week Prep Course, volunteers will be matched with a family and offer weekly support for 2-3 hours a week.”

Y Services for Young People (pictured above) deliver a range of youth, play and support work in partnership with Councils, communities, organisations and agencies. The grant of £7,500 will enable Y Services staff to undertake one-to-one support and creative art work with young people across South East Hampshire.

Andy Kennedy, Chair of Trustees for Y Services for Young people commented “As a charity we are aware of the pressures that young people are facing particularly as a result of Covid. This funding will enable our youth workers to deliver support and activities to young people in what continue to be challenging times.”

The Disabled Sailors Association were granted £3,360 and can now provide sailing days from their base at Port Solent Marina for disabled people in the local area.

 Zoe Coltart, Fundraiser at The Disabled Sailors Association said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer 14 free day sailing trips to disabled people in Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Petersfield as a result of our grant. We will be offering trips to disabled individuals, along with their families and carers, charity groups and community organisations who support disabled people, and SEN Schools and colleges in these areas. We enable people with any disability to come sailing on our fully inclusive wheelchair accessible catamaran.”