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Every year those of pensionable age receive a Winter Fuel Payment of between £100 and £300 from the DWP to keep their homes warm. These payments are made regardless of whether an individual is on low income or not. This year we have received a few donations from individuals who have received their Winter Fuel Payments but feel they are not in need and have asked for the money to be awarded to those who are on low income and are struggling to pay their bills this winter. Our charity very much appreciates these kind gestures that will help those in need in our local area of benefit.
The Trustees are pleased to announce the award of 9 grants - a total of £133,600, shared between various charities and community organisations, including the following:
St Francis de Sales is a Roman Catholic Church serving Hampton Hill, Hampton, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton. The church offers activities to the wider community in their Parish Centre. These include the Little Fishes playgroup; Keep Fit, Dance & Zumba classes; and line dancing. Our grant of £10,000 will go towards the refurbishment of the Parish Centre’s kitchen, which is in disrepair. The new kitchen will provide a more welcoming setting for members of the local community.
Richmond Upon Thames Crossroads Care provides a range of respite services and activities for carers and the cared for in the local area. These include one to one support (e.g. personal and practical support in the home, shopping and leisure trips); the Community Cafe project for people affected by dementia; and the Saturday Club at Hampton Youth Club for children with special needs and disabilities. Our grant of £36,000 will be split so that £21,000 will pay towards supporting 48 carers within our area of benefit with at least 2 hours respite once a month, and £15,000 will pay towards the running costs of the Saturday Club to provide children with additional needs activities such as cookery, games, sports and arts, as well as seasonal trips and other outings.
Whitton Network is a small charity providing transport services and social activities for elderly people in the community. It enables elderly people who cannot access public transport to attend medical appointments, go shopping, etc. The charity also provides befriending services to those who are socially isolated. The charity relies heavily on volunteers but has a part-time Co-ordinator to oversee the day to day running of the service. Our grant of £4,500 will go towards paying for the Co-ordinator's salary.
Marble Hill Playcentres is a charity based in Marble Hill Park that provides a supervised Adventure Playground for children aged 5-15; an afternoon drop-in centre for children up to the age of 5 and their parents / carers; and an Inclusive Play Project for children and young people with additional needs. Our grant of £10,000 will go towards the staffing and general running costs of the playcentre.
TW Money Advice Service (TWMAS), is a volunteer-led, Christian-based charity operating from St Stephen's Church Office in Twickenham. The charity provides debt advice as well as education and training on budgeting to people struggling with debt in the local area. Currently the organisation is solely run by volunteers but our grant of £7,500 will go towards the salary of a new, paid Centre Manager whose role it will be to further develop the service and to ensure its sustainability for the future.
We are now accepting fuel grant applications for our Individual Grants Panel Meeting in May 2018. The deadline date for applications is Friday 20 April 2018.
If you are thinking of changing fuel suppliers and would like to benefit from our fuel grants please contact us before switching over. This is because we are unable to work with all the suppliers in the market. Currently we only work with the following companies: British Gas, Co-operative Energy, EDF, EON, Npower, Scottish Power, Southern Electric and Utility Warehouse. If you would like to know more, please call us on: 020 8941 7866.