HIWCF has awarded grants worth £25,000 on behalf of Moneybarn, a vehicle finance lender based in Petersfield. The latest round of grant funding has been awarded to six local organisations supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people living in Havant, Gosport, Fareham and Petersfield communities. The Moneybarn Social Impact Fund invests in the activities of local community groups and charitable organisations to help people to become more fully integrated into society.

David Shrimpton, Managing Director of Moneybarn said, “The Moneybarn Social Impact Fund reflects our continued commitment to helping vulnerable people in our local communities, particularly following the effects of coronavirus on people’s lives. The grants allow us to get involved in a meaningful way in the communities in which our customers, staff and suppliers are based, while partnering with HIWCF enables us to leverage their expertise and local knowledge to identify and target our support to those who are in most need.”

 Grants have been awarded to the following local organisations:

Organisation Grant Amount
Enterpride CIC, (Havant) £4,950.00
Frontline Petersfield £1,000.00
Hayling College (Havant) £4,427.00
Headway Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, (Gosport & Fareham) £4,911.00
Kings Arms Youth Centre, (Petersfield) £4,972.00
Wecock Community Association, (Havant) £4,740.00

Grant Cornwell MBE, 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 aim to benefit those in the most deprived communities, and we know that hotspots of deprivation exist in Hampshire, particularly within the Havant and Gosport areas. Covid-19 has had a massive impact on local charitable and community organisations, many of whom are still reeling from the increase in demand for their services since lockdown began and this grant funding will make a huge difference to their services and resources.”

Enterpride CIC is supporting greater work opportunities for people with learning disabilities at Storey Garden in Leigh Park. The grant of £4,950 will enable development of a new community garden and will help to purchase display units, cold storage facilities, seeds and plants, allowing fresh vegetables and produce to be sold at Staunton Country Park.

Debbie Lyall, Enterpride CIC commented “These funds will enhance our provision, assisting us to develop a new enterprise initiative, The Plant & Produce Store, where our teams will market and sell what they grow. This will add a new ‘Supported Work Opportunity’ to our Staunton Country Park provision and hopefully paid work in the future for some. People with learning disabilities have less than a 6% chance of work, so this project is important and the funds essential, thank you so much Moneybarn.”

A grant of £4,427 to Hayling College in Havant is offering young people access to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, allowing them to get involved in volunteering, learning new skills, training and the opportunity to take part in physical activities and expeditions.

Jonathan Pomfret, Duke of Edinburgh Manager at Hayling College said: “We’re incredibly grateful for this grant which will help us to make the Duke of Edinburgh experience accessible to any pupil with an interest. We understand that outdoor education can quickly become quite an expensive hobby – and with so many families having endured a really tough 2020, this funding will mean that no young person at The Hayling College will miss out because of finances.”

Headway Portsmouth and South East Hampshire has seen a rise in mental health issues due to Covid-19, with the group changing the way they deliver support to ensure clients remain safe.

Joy Ward, Funding Strategy & Trading Support Manager at Headway Portsmouth and South East Hampshire said “We are thrilled to have received a grant of £4,911 to deliver an inclusive service for 100 adults in Gosport and Fareham, living with the effects of brain injury. Brain injury has a huge impact on family life, finances, and an individual’s relationships. Headway provides support with information, guidance, and training in a nurturing environment. The outreach programme will include structured social activities and sports therapy, enabling attendees to socialise, share experiences, offer peer support, and build friendships.”