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15th January 2020

Essex Dementia Care and St. Clare Hospice are among nine local charities receiving a healthy funding boost from the Provide Foundation.

Grants totalling £45,000 were awarded from Provide’s charitable foundation which is managed by the independent trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF).  Set up in 2012, the Provide Foundation gives support to voluntary and community organisations that are delivering projects that improve the health and well-being of local people.

Representatives from all nine charities were invited to join members of the Provide board and staff at a tea party held at Provide’s head office in Colchester.  Certificates were presented to each charity and details of the grants and how the money would be spent were shared with those present.  

Essex Dementia Care received £4,969 towards the salary of a part-time support worker for people diagnosed with dementia.

Kelly Bleasdale, Senior Manager: “We are delighted to receive this grant to support our work caring for people with dementia. We work one-to-one with our clients and help them to live full lives and maintain as much independence as possible. Each person is treated as an individual and we use their interests and hobbies to get them out of the house and involve them in the community. By helping them to keep active and healthy, we are decreasing the likelihood of them reaching crisis point and needing to go into hospital.”

St Clare Hospice received a grant of £4,892. The funding will help them to run the ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ project in West Essex, which connects volunteers to members of the community who are socially isolated and living with a life-limiting illness, who then meet regularly as part of a mutually beneficial friendship.

Sarah Thompson, CEO of St. Clare Hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful for this support from the Provide Foundation as it will enable us to deliver training in new areas and increase the number of referrals.  We can then ensure that we match more of our volunteers with people who need support.”

Other voluntary and community organisations receiving grants from the Provide Foundation this year are:

  • Contact the Elderly: £4,916 to survey people aged 75+ in Braintree and Chelmsford about their use of technology, with the aim to get more people online so they can connect with loved ones and their communities.
  • Crossroads Braintree and Chelmsford: £5,000 to continue an early intervention scheme for carers throughout mid-Essex, helping them to access support.
  • Dementia Adventure Trust: £4,969 to deliver a programme of ‘Thinking Differently about Dementia’ events for un-paid carers looking after somebody with dementia.
  • Essex Respite and Care Association: £4,784 to help fund a part-time support worker for clients with critical mental health issues and their carers.
  • Families in Focus: £5,000 to help support Chelmsford families that have a child with special educational needs or disabilities. 
  • PARC: £3,312 to run a six-week course teaching young people with additional needs or disabilities across Mid-Essex how to how to take care of themselves, including hygiene and personal health care.
  • Sanctus Homeless Charity: £5,000 towards staff salaries for an organisation supporting and people that are homeless.

Provide delivers a wide range of community health services across Essex and in Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Suffolk and Norfolk as well as the London borough of Waltham Forest.

Derrick Louis, Chairman of Provide said: “At Provide, we recognise that supporting local charities is a very important part of our work and helps to underpin the social and care services that we offer.  

“Our partnership with Essex Community Foundation means that we can effectively invest funds into voluntary organisations whose work complements our own.  Bringing the voluntary groups together with our team was a great opportunity to speak with them in more detail about their work and to thank them for all that they do.” 

As an independent charitable trust, ECF can give Provide impartial information on the organisations involved, helping their Members and staff to make decisions, with confidence, knowing that the money will be directed to where it is needed most.

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