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County Council supports local charities

10th April 2019

An organisation that supports young carers, a horticultural project for people with mental health issues and a youth club were among 20 local voluntary organisations to receive a grant at the Essex Fund Awards.

Grants totalling £93,237 were presented from the fund at a ceremony held at the Chelmsford City Racecourse and hosted by Councillor John Jowers, Chairman of Essex County Council. 

The Essex Fund, which is managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation, awards grants to voluntary organisations that support carers, the environment, community resource and young people; including activities which explore culture and heritage. 

At the presentation event, Cllr Jowers praised the impact voluntary organisations make across the County.  He said, “One of the most satisfying areas of my role is to visit many charities and community organisations. Meeting the outstanding individuals who help to improve the lives of others less fortunate or those working to make their own communities a better place, is a privilege.

“The impact that their work has on the lives of local people, of all ages, is immeasurable and I am so pleased that the grants awarded will help to further their work.”

Rachel Tufnell, fundraiser at the North Avenue Youth Centre, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded £5,000 which will enable us to continue our work empowering young people from the Melbourne Estate, in Chelmsford, to reach their full potential in life. Through the wide range of activities we run and support provided by staff and volunteers, we aim to combat the educational, social and economic disadvantages that they face.

Together We Grow received a grant of £6,000 to create a welfare hub at a community garden for people with mental health issues. Wayne Setford, founder, said: “We run sessions 12 months of the year at our beautiful off the grid gardens in Colchester. This funding boost means we can establish an inviting and warm space for our service users to access well-being and education activities including crafts and cooking.”

Kool Carers has been awarded £5,000 to provide support to young people aged 8 – 18 in Basildon that care for a family member. Rachel Tungate, founder, said: "This grant is going to allow those young carers who wish to, the opportunity to speak in a safe and familiar environment with a qualified counsellor. This will help to maintain and enhance the emotional well-being of our young carers and provide them with resilience strategies, so that they have the opportunity to flourish and meet their full potential within their own lives." 

For organisations in need of funding to support their work, please call the Essex Community Foundation grants team on 01245 356018. 

For a full list of awards, click here.

To view more photos from the event, click here.