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Haverhill charity praises impact of West Suffolk Council's Community Chest grant scheme




As a grant scheme offered by West Suffolk Council opens for applications, a Haverhill beneficiary has described how it has made a “huge difference to its clients”.

More than £300,000 is being made available through the council’s Community Chest scheme, with the deadline for applications being 11.59pm on October 30.

And with so many community volunteer groups having been helping people through the Covid-19 crisis WSC is looking to continue its work to support them in the next phase.

Haverhill Foodbank has benefitted from the Community Chest funding. Picture are its manager Sandra Mann, Henry Wilson (project director) and Ann Allen (client relationship manger).Mark Bullimore Photography 2019
Haverhill Foodbank has benefitted from the Community Chest funding. Picture are its manager Sandra Mann, Henry Wilson (project director) and Ann Allen (client relationship manger).Mark Bullimore Photography 2019

Reach Community Projects was awarded £10,000 for the current financial year, with a further £9,360 already agreed to be paid for 2021/22.

A spokesperson for Reach said: “It is a really easy form, you’re always there on hand to give us an advice or help that we need and it really does make a difference to us.

“We are helping clients with general advice through the resource centre, or the food bank or through debt advice out in the community, visiting people in their homes, until recently before the virus hit.

“We are obviously adapting and making a change but we are still seeing many clients who are in need and this grant makes a huge difference to our clients.

“We received a note from one client stating that, due to our support, they are now debt free, and they can’t stop smiling, everyday feels lighter and they feel better.

“A weight had been lifted off them and they are not worrying about a knock at the door and they go on to say right at the end, one of the best things that they have ever done is dealing with their debts and thank you.”

The money is available to invest in community led initiatives designed to benefit the lives of residents.

Community groups, charities, voluntary organisations, faith groups and social enterprises can all apply for funding.

Once received, applications are reviewed by West Suffolk’s Grant Working Party.

Applicants will be notified in February 2021and if successful willwill receive grants next April.

To apply for funding, read the guidance and then complete the online application at https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/community-grants.cfm


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