Our newly appointed Head of Grants Programmes and Impact Claire Rick, picks out three recently approved grants that caught her eye.
A grant of just over £10,000 to the Petty Pool Trust was among the projects supported by our Community Grants programme for 2022. The Trust will use the funding to help train four learning mentors to work with young people with learning disabilities or neurodiversity attending their animal assisted therapy project – which uses time with birds of prey and owls to build a young person’s understanding of emotions, behaviours and confidence in social situations.
We teamed up with Community Foundation Wales to deliver a bespoke programme for the Assura Community Fund – with almost £90,000 supporting projects aimed at improving health and wellbeing across Wales. We’ve just been passing on the good news to 20 projects including this one by Care and Repair Cardiff and The Vale, which delivers repairs, adaptations and maintenance to older people’s homes so that they can stay warm and safe where they live – improving mental health and wellbeing for older people who may be struggling to afford the costs of food and fuel.
Holy Trinity PCC in Blacon will use one of our small grants to pilot its Places of Warmth project this autumn – using the church building as a place where people can come and keep warm. Funding will help the PCC meet costs of fuel, provide hot food to those using the project, coordinate volunteers and to signpost people to other related services such as Citizen’s Advice, social prescribing and other local food support on-site.