The Wiltshire Community Foundation Grants panel has announced the disbursement of £170,000 to charities in Swindon and across Wiltshire Charities.
Many of the groups were funded for up to three years to support their life-changing work, providing support for those most in need in the community.
Grants beneficiaries include:
Dressability, based in Swindon, who adapt clothing for people with disabilities;
Doorway homeless support in Chippenham;
The Brunel Mens’ Shed in Corsham supporting older men with community activities;
Relate Mid-Wilts which provides counselling for children in schools;
Carer Support Wiltshire, supporting back-to-work training for carers;
Arts Together, providing therapeutic art activities for older people – pictured above;
Wiltshire Music Centre for a Special Schools Festival as a culmination of their 2015 work with children who have profound and multiple learning difficulties in four special schools.
Karolyne Fudge-Malik of Arts Together said: “The generous three year grant which will make a huge difference to us and give us some stability in our on-going fundraising efforts.”
Andrea Hawker from Dressability said: “ The support of Wiltshire Community Foundation is invaluable to our charity; it enables us to continue supporting people with disabilities in the community, making a real difference not only to the lives of the individual but also to those of their families and carers.”
The next round of grants will be awarded in July, and the closing date to start the application process is 25 May. More information on how to apply can be found at www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/grants-funds or call 01380 29284 to speak to the grants team.
Below, some of the Dressability team, from left, Rosemary Morgan, trustee, Andrea Hawker, fundraiser, Sharon Tombs, manager. Photo: Richard Wintle of Calyx