The Kingston Burrowes Community Fund
Following the success of the Kingston Burrowes Community Fund in 2018, we are delighted to be running the initiative again in 2019.
Local community groups and charities have been applying for a share of the £1000 fund and the applications are now being reviewed, with the winners to be announced shortly. Four grants of £250 each will be awarded to projects in the Merton, Kingston and Reigate areas.
Last year we awarded grants to the following local community groups:
Express CIC, a local ‘not for profit’ community organisation providing support and services to young people with autism and their families. The grant will specifically fund T-shirts for the children who attend their group activities, to instil a sense of pride, belonging and inclusiveness to the members of the groups.
Merton Centre for Independent Living, an organisation run by and for Deaf and Disabled people living within Merton. The grant will help fund their monthly Craftivism and Chat group which offers peer support and consultation opportunities to feedback on local services and community activities. Increasing their involvement in the local community as well as reducing the feelings of isolation through social interactions.
Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve, a recently formed group who aim to improve the reserve for the benefit of the community and wildlife. The fund will enable the group to purchase its first 3 pairs of waders so that they can safely conserve and manage the waterways. Allowing volunteers to safely enter the local stream and ponds to remove invasive pond weeds and algae as well as litter!
The friends of Hillcross Primary School who have created an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) room to provide pupils with a relaxing, inviting space to explore their feelings with trained staff and develop their social skills. The grant will be used to furnish the room with a rug and cushions, specifically designed to support and encourage pupils to express and discuss their feelings through interactive play.
Bruce said, “I would like to thank everyone who applied, we wish we could have supported them all, there are so many amazing and worthwhile causes in our local area. I hope that our fund will help these four groups achieve their goals, I feel privileged to have been able to support them”