Community groups get an extra £6,000 in coronavirus fight

[As published by LBHF Council]

Thanks to the generosity of H&F residents and businesses, further grants have been made to support community groups in their efforts to get help to where it is most needed.

More than £6,000 has been channelled to frontline organisations by the charity UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Grants have already made a real difference to 41,000 at-risk people as the borough comes together to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

In all, an impressive £44,445 has now been awarded to 69 organisations in H&F in just four weeks – and the UNITED charity is continuing to raise funds which will go to the volunteers working to reach those who would otherwise struggle.

“This appeal is about helping local people most in need and I thank everyone for their continued support,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader at H&F Council.

Among the organisations benefiting from the latest batch of grant awards is The Kids Network Hammersmith & Fulham, which is raising money to train 30 mentors to support 30 vulnerable youngsters, and supply them with tablet PCs, art equipment and books.

“We all feel the effects of isolation, but for some children these times are even scarier, more lonely and more damaging,” said a Kids Network spokesperson. “This project will make the most of what people have to offer; time, happiness and connectivity. It will make a difference to each child’s life by building confidence, resilience and developing the tools to manage their feelings for a positive future.”

Anyone can give to the appeal:

Donate to the appeal

And if you are a community organisation, you can apply for funding today.

The latest group awards

The following organisations have received new grants from H&F Council and UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham:

H&F Covid 19 support – £1,000
Delivering 75 food parcels a week to elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents via Facebook contacts.

Hestia – £1,000
Supplying tablet PCs to women and children who have fled abuse, to enable digital access and home schooling.

Harrow Club W10  – £500
Online arts and crafts workshops and craft packs for Old Oak Junior Club members and their families.

Ay Group Community Services CIC – £1,000
Organising and delivering food and essentials to NHS staff and residents.

Community Education Forum  – £1,000
Providing hot cooked meals to Somali elders, particularly those recovering from coronavirus, or who are alone during Ramadan.

Association of Moroccan Residents UK – £900
Supporting single and isolated Moroccans aged 70+ with shopping, advice and phone befriending.

The Kids Network Hammersmith & Fulham – £1,000
Training mentors to support some of the most vulnerable children in the community.