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Surviving Winter Appeal invites applications from community groups

3 January 2018

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 Over £18,500 has been donated so far to the Cornwall Surviving Winter thanks to gifts from the Friends of the Foundation and other supporters.

Kirsty Philpott, Grants Manager, says, “Thanks to our supporters’ generosity,  we are now awarding grants and inviting applications from organisations helping vulnerable people stay warm, healthy and well this winter. Particularly during the spells of poor weather, we know that the small grants make such a difference.”

The Fund is already processing and awarding grants, four organisations having received £4500 to support clients they have identified needing additional assistance this winter.  Cornwall Rural Community Charity is receiving £2000 to distribute fuel grants to individuals, focusing on rurally isolated elderly people with long term conditions, carers, memory cafe groups and mental health service users. The Oasis Centre in St Columb Major will use £600 to assist vulnerable individuals struggling to pay to keep warm. The Wild Young Parents Project will distribute small grants averaging £25 to young families they work with facing financial challenges due to housing quality, mental ill health and poverty. St Austell Community Kitchen provide services to the vulnerable, needy and homeless in their area and will use their £900 funding to help clients they identify who are struggling to keep warm this winter.

Last year Transformation CPR received £1,000 from the 2016/17 Surviving Winter Appeal to distribute small grants to individuals and families. They have a team of volunteers providing poverty relief work in Camborne, Pool and Redruth. Some of the services they offer include a Foodbank, Community Hub and a Debt Advice Centre.  The grant was used to support vulnerable people keep warm by providing help with heating, clothing and insulation.

Karen Hill, Executive Director of Transformation CPR says, ‘The grant was given in small amounts to disadvantaged individuals who could not find the money anywhere else to heat their homes.  All were incredibly relieved and grateful, some in tears.  The grant also enabled us to help people in a practical way that we ordinarily cannot - with money. “

CEO Tamas Haydu says: "Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, including the Friends of the Foundation, we are pleased to invite applications for funding from community groups working to support disadvantaged, vulnerable and elderly people in Cornwall. We are also open to receive further donations - the more money we receive, the more people who are struggling we can help."

For more information about applying to the Fund for a grant, click here.

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