Newsletter from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation, April 2020
Dear Friends,

It's at difficult times like these that we are reminded that community really matters, and being able to identify and respond to local needs is one of our key organisational values. Our local communities are pulling together like never before to tackle the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic and help those hit hardest across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

As part of our commitment to support our communities HIWCF launched its own fund raising campaign to help those organisations who are on the frontline supporting those most impacted by Covid-19. In a little over two weeks we have awarded over £240,000 in emergency grant funding to over 35 local charities and community groups across the region. Groups who are helping the elderly with shopping or picking up prescriptions, foodbanks and organisations supporting disabled children and their families are just some who have benefitted from funding.

One thing we know is that we couldn't have supported any of those groups without the generosity of a range of individuals and organisations. We would like to thank our HIWCF fund holders, the National Emergencies Trust, leading housing organisation VIVID, Hampshire County Council and the NHS, plus all those amazing individual supporters who have so willingly given funds to help support our communities. We know this crisis is going to be with us for a long while yet and therefore we will continue with your support to do the very best that we can to make sure that we support and help all sections of our community. We hope you enjoy reading how our grants are helping those most in need across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Kind Regards,
Grant Cornwell MBE,
Chief Executive, HIWCF
Park Community School’s MUNCH Project is providing those in need in the Leigh Park area with healthy meals prepared by the catering team from the school kitchens. MUNCH is partnering with local Foodbank PO9 to deliver the meals and the grant of £8,350 will provide in excess of 2,500 meals for vulnerable people.  
The HIVE Portsmouth has received a grant of £9,957 to deliver care packages that include fresh food, nappies, toilet rolls, sanitary products and childrens' activity packs to support vulnerable families across Portsmouth communities.
The Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership is reaching out to older people and vulnerable families living in emergency accommodation. Their grant of £10,000 will provide nutritious meals, which are produced at the Gaslight Cafe at Sandown Station and are being delivered by Age Concern, Southern Housing Association and Sovereign Housing.
Aurora New Dawn has received a grant of £20,000 for their new helpline to protect victims and survivors across Hampshire from domestic abuse. The new 24/7 helpline went live at the beginning of April, with the grant ensuring that the helpline is staffed to deal with calls from those needing help.  
“This grant has made a huge difference to us. The fact you turned it around so quickly and supported us to support survivors is a real testament to your commitment to local charities and to victims of domestic abuse. In the first week we have received 50 calls, for a new service, that’s unheard of.”  
Shonagh Dillon, Chief Executive, Aurora New Dawn 
The Vine Centre in Aldershot has received a grant of £10,000 to deliver essential food provisions, simple home cooked frozen meals and toiletries to vulnerable individuals and families, so that those most at risk can stay safe in their homes.

“Thank you for the parcel today, I had tears in my eyes. I'm so thankful for the food received. So, so thankful. Thank you so much, knowing I can eat and feed my son until Monday means everything to me.” Beneficiary
Stable Family Home Trust in Ringwood cares for vulnerable adults with learning disabilities, with a dedicated staff team providing 24/7 care in supported living homes. The grant of £8,000 will keep residents safe and well, while offering stability and re-assurance, which are crucial during these distressing and uncertain times.

“Your grant will enable us to provide 16 weeks of support, this is really fantastic.”
Laura Shute, Stable Family Home Trust  
HIWCF is raising funds through the 'We're All Together' Fund, set up specifically to help local people whose lives have been affected by coronavirus. Thank you so much to everybody for your generosity, we have raised an amazing £945,000 so far through our coronavirus funds and we are hoping to reach the target of £1 million. Donations can be made using the button below, or by going to 
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“Thank you so much from all of the ARK Eastleigh Team. This grant will allow us to distribute food vouchers and pay for household essentials for some of our most vulnerable clients, which will also relieve the pressure on our local Basics Bank. It will also enable us to continue to cover the costs of keeping in touch with our clients at this challenging time to offer much needed emotional support. This grant means we can keep helping others rather than looking at further restricting or closing down our activities.”
Lucy Freckleton, Chair of Trustees,
ARK Eastleigh
Thank you to all of our HIWCF fund holders and donors for your generosity, our work would not be possible without your help.
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