BCF are delighted to form a strategic partnership with Reading-based Longleigh Foundation, a new grant-giving independent national charity that funds community projects supporting vulnerable people, to tackle loneliness across the county. The new partnership will see a jointly funding a community project aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation among adults in Reading.
Longleigh Foundation, has been set up by Reading-based social housing provider Stonewater with a £500,000 endowment for funding projects which help the elderly, young people, women in crisis due to domestic abuse, and residents with physical or mental disabilities. The new partnership will also identify projects that support both Stonewater residents living in the Reading area as well as the wider community. This year, Longleigh’s grant-giving programme will focus on community projects aimed at health and well-being, isolation and inclusion, employment and training, individual hardship cases, and funding for strategic research.
Sue Terry says: “We’re looking to form partnerships with local funders in the area like the Berkshire Community Foundation, who can help us identify worthwhile projects in the community which would benefit from our financial help.”
BCF Chief Executive Gerry Lejeune OBE, says: “I am delighted that the Longleigh Foundation is working in partnership with the Berkshire Community Foundation, together we can help to address important issues that affect our local community, in line with our detailed research on the areas of disadvantage highlighted in our Vital Signs report. We are looking forward to a long and rewarding partnership with the Longleigh Foundation.”
The Longleigh Foundation is currently funding a number of Stonewater projects including an innovative ‘Recovery Toolkit’ programme at a Women’s Refuge in Southampton; an IT equipment and digital ambassadors scheme to help tackle digital exclusion among older people, and a healthier lifestyles project for residents in Stonewater’s supported housing schemes.
“Our longer-term strategy is to attract further partners and funding for our work UK-wide, through partnerships with other established charities, community groups, businesses and local authorities on projects where we can maximise resources,” says Sue Terry, Longleigh Foundation Chair. “We’ll be actively looking to develop relationships with these groups over the next few years.”
For more information about the work of Longleigh Foundation, business partnership opportunities and details of the project eligibility criteria and the application process, visit the website.