Isle of Wight community group award over £18,700 to island organisations

Spectrum Housing Group’s Medina Community Forum have awarded £18,700 to local charities and organisations this year, which include nature projects, toddler activities and support groups.

The Medina Community Forum is a resident-led group that is appointed to guide Spectrum’s business, develop services on the Isle of Wight and donate to worthy local causes over the course of the year.

Many charities, not-for-profit organisations, schools, social enterprises and community projects applied for a grant throughout the year and eleven grants were successful in receiving funding.

Image 2 - Medina Community Forum members with Apex Church toddler and elderly support groups

The Apex Church in Cowes received £1,379 funding from Spectrum for their ‘Noah’s Ark’ toddler group and drop-in sessions for the elderly. The groups support residents across all ages, and the funding provided toys, equipment and social activities for lonely and elderly residents.

Jill Groves, Treasurer of the Apex Church, said: “The new equipment has made a massive improvement to the church and the ambiance in the groups is so uplifting. The toddlers were particularly impressed with their new toys.”

Other grants that have been approved include £3,000 to SNAP Disco who hold events for young people aged 11-16 to discourage drug taking and promote safe activities. £3,000 was also granted to the Wave Project to help twenty young people to improve their health and lifestyle through a six-week surfing course and further surf club sessions.

NatureZones Wildlife Education Trust also benefited from Spectrum’s Community Forum grants, with £2,000 going towards activities including health and fitness for people with low energy levels; trust members were able to enjoy being outdoors while undertaking surveys of plants and wildlife that inhabit the nature reserve at Birchmore lane, Blackwater.

Spectrum Housing Group’s Medina Community Forum Chair, Andy Pound, has been proud to play such a part in helping the community on the island. He said: “Spectrum Housing Group kindly gave us £18,700 this year to help local projects and organisations and we were thrilled to have so many applications. We score all applications and money is awarded based on merit, but we’re pleased that we don’t often have to let people down. It’s great to see the positive effects the funding has on very different groups of people on the island. We look forward to awarding even more grants this financial year!”

Applications are now being accepted for grants in 2015. If you are a local charity, not-for-profit organisation, school, social enterprise or a community project and could benefit from a grant of up to £3,000, call 0800 783 7837 or email contact@spectrumhousing.co.uk for full details on how to apply.

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Photo caption one: Spectrum Housing Group awarded £384 to The Dance Factory for new uniforms. They are pictured here with The Dance Factory students, alongside Dana Edkins, Medina Community Forum member, and Becky Haydock, Spectrum’s Resident Involvement Officer.

Photo caption two: Spectrum Housing Group’s Medina Community Forum members Brian Read, Andy Pound, Patricia Sturmey, Dana Edkins and Jean Richards presenting the Apex Church parent and toddler group with £1,379 for new toys and equipment.

For further information please contact Lara Ball on 01258 484788 or email lara.ball@spectrumhousing.co.uk.