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11th April 2018

Two charities providing vital support to help young people living in Colchester and Tendring are to receive grants totalling £5,296 from the Mersea Homes Charitable Fund.

The Fund, which was set up in 2010, is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and to date has awarded nearly £23,000 to support local voluntary and community organisations working in Essex.

The organisations benefiting from this latest funding boost are Colchester & Tendring Youth Enquiry Service which is receiving £2,500 to help young people who are at risk of becoming homeless and Lads Need Dads, based in Clacton, which is receiving £2,796 to continue their programme of activities for boys who do not have a positive male role model in their lives.

Stuart Cock, Managing Director of Mersea Homes, said, “We are pleased to support these two very worthwhile causes with grants from our charitable fund with ECF. As a local business we are committed to giving long-term support to voluntary organisations which are providing vital services to people in need in their communities.”

Colchester & Tendring Youth Enquiry Service (Y.E.S) works with vulnerable children and young people between the ages of 6 and 25 offering services to include crisis intervention, counselling, family meditation, young parent support and debt, housing and homelessness advice.

Jane Blomeley, chief executive of Y.E.S, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which will help us to support the rising number of young people who are street homeless or at risk of this.  

“This can be a very stressful and worrying time and many of the young people we work with have additional mental health needs.  By providing tailored support, we can help them to rebuild their lives and move towards a more stable future.”

Lad’s Need Dads is based in Tendring and helps boys aged 11 to 15 who are missing a father-figure in their lives. Through a long-term open-ended male-led group mentoring programme, the boys learn to tackle life’s issues and understand their emotions whilst learning practical life-skills and engaging in outdoor activities and volunteering.

Sonia Shaljean, Managing Director of the organisation said, “This grant will be used towards the costs of our programme which was set up to equip, engage and inspire boys who do not have a positive male role model. Our work, which includes community volunteering opportunities and hands on confidence and resilience building activities like bush-craft survival, helps them to achieve their full potential and move positively into adulthood”.

In addition to the grants awarded from the Mersea Homes Charitable Fund, ECF was able to provide additional grants totalling £9,430 from other funds under its management.

ECF currently manages 150 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and public agencies.  By matching the grants monies available from the various funds, local voluntary and community organisations have a greater opportunity to access the money they need to continue their work.

For more information about ECF or funding opportunities, call the team now on 01245 356018.