The Thames Valley Community Fund, delivered in partnership with The Berkshire Community Foundation, was launched in November 2017 with £25,000 to help fund projects that support disadvantaged communities and help local people to develop the skills and confidence to gain employment now and in the future.
From 40 expressions of interest, Berkshire Community Foundation created a short list of 19 charities before putting forth 10 charities who met the specific criteria. SEGRO selected the five winning recipients who will all receive £5,000. They are:
- ABC to Read, which helps to transform the lives of children who are struggling to read at primary schools across Berkshire.
- East-West Organization, which offers holistic interventions for the prevention, treatment and recovery from addictions.
- Home-Start Slough, a 60-strong team of specially trained home-visiting volunteers providing life-changing support to vulnerable families in the local area.
- Refocus, which aims to improve the lives of children and young people through a range of services including running youth clubs, holiday activities, 1-2-1 mentoring, employment and education projects, life skills training, advice and support.
- Smart Works, which supports women in the area getting into work by providing appropriate outfits, styling advice and interview coaching.
A second round of funding will be launched in the spring 2018, enabling five further charities to have another opportunity to secure up to £5,000.
“We are proud to support those charities who make a tangible difference to the lives of people who use their services and we thank all those who have applied for funding in this round.
“We want to support local people to develop successful careers in the Thames Valley. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of the first round of funding.”
Gareth Osborn, Business Unit Director, Thames Valley & National Logistics
“With the support of SEGRO we have been able to make a real difference to the charities working tirelessly to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the local area. We look forward to supporting many other deserving causes in the months and years to come.”
Gerry Lejeune OBE, Chief Executive of Berkshire Community Foundation
“This funding will be crucial in helping us provide additional volunteers to families and individuals in difficult situations across the local area. We would like to thank both SEGRO and Berkshire Community Foundation for their support.”
Lesley Michaelis, Scheme Chairman, at Home-Start Slough