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Greenfields grants give vital funding boost to local charities

31st January 2016

A youth club, a holiday play scheme for children with disabilities, a lunch club for pensioners and community workshops and websites are among the projects given much-needed support, thanks to grants from the Greenfields Community Fund.

A total of £46,999 has been distributed in the latest round of allocations from the fund, established by Greenfields Housing Association and managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), to give grants to voluntary and community groups in the Braintree district.

Braintree District Mencap Society has been awarded £5,792 from the fund to help run a play and activity respite scheme during the Easter holidays for children who need specialist support.

The Witham Town Luncheon Club has been given a grant of £3,000 to continue providing nutritious meals to pensioners in sociable surroundings.

A project by the Sturmer Fayre Group to start up a village fayre, leading to the creation of a community website has been awarded £530 and The Archer Trust Community Centre, based in Braintree, has been allocated £10,000 to help develop a community workshop.

Other organisations given support in the latest round of grants from the fund are:

  • Great Yeldham Youth Club: £4,655 towards equipment, training courses and trips for members.
  • 1st Silver End Scout Group: £600 for new benches.
  • Crossroads Care Braintree and District: £5,000 to fund two new part-time care workers to cover rural areas of the Braintree District.
  • 2nd Witham Boys’ Brigade: £4,642 to extend a healthy living project.
  • PARC: £9,500 towards the rent of a charity shop which provides retail training for disabled adults and young people who are out of work.
  • Braintree Pensioners Action Group: £800 for outings for pensioners.
  • 1st Witham Guides: £2,480 to help guides attend the 2016 Essex International Scout and Guide Jamboree.

Sandra Crosby, Housing Director at Greenfields said: “We are delighted that our fund can give ongoing support to local organisations and groups.

“Working with ECF has helped us to have a greater insight into local issues and to understand how the grants to local voluntary groups can really make a difference to the lives of local people.”

Greenfields, a not-for-profit organisation, is one of the largest housing associations in Essex, with around 8,100 homes and 450 leasehold properties all over the Braintree District.

Greenfields has been working with ECF since 2008 and since then more than £1 million has been distributed to local voluntary and community organisations which are all working to improve the lives of people in the Braintree district.