Foyer Project Grant Funding Press Release

To fund our project we applied to the
Garfield Weston Anniversary fund

We are delighted that we were successful
 The sincere thanks of our whole community go to Garfield Weston
 Grant Success Press Release
Charity in North Devon is awarded £90,000 after their innovative services impress major UK funder

The Garfield Weston Foundation more than doubles its £5m anniversary fund to over £11m to support over 150 charities across UK after overwhelming demand

East Worlington Parish Hall which supports community well-being and cohesion through a range of facilities, services and activities has been awarded £90,000 from one of the UK’s largest charitable funders. The funding will enable the charity to conserve and improve the facilities available for the community by ensuring that the Parish Hall, the only community facility within the area, has the vital and necessary accommodation and equipment to address local needs, especially for older people, those living with disabled, families with younger children and in support of activities for children at the adjacent primary school. The Garfield Weston Foundation says small community charities are rising to the challenge of facing unprecedented demand for their services by being proactive and innovative.

The Foundation has more then doubled its £5m capital fund to over £11m so it can support over 150 charities and community organisations across the UK.

The Weston Anniversary Fund was launched earlier this year to provide funding to charities to improve their existing facilities or provide new ones as part of the Foundation’s 60th year. The Trustees took the decision to more than double the fund after receiving over 2,300 applications, with over 60% from charities that have never applied to them before.

Steve Baber, Chair of Trustees of East Worlington Parish Hall says:
“The fantastic support offered by Garfield Weston is brilliant news for our community. It enables us to address needs of community, which is in a rural isolated location in North Devon, by providing the necessary and vital resources required to ensure we have the facilities that support our provision. The warm-felt thanks of our community is sent to Garfield Weston. It provides a real boost to our community volunteers and ensures we are more able to have a positive impact on the community we serve.”

Suzie Pinn, Head of School at the adjacent village primary school which relies on the facilities of the Parish Hall says:
“All the children, staff and parents associated with East Worlington Primary School were delighted to learn that the Parish Hall, for which we rely on for a range of our activities, had gained the support of Garfield Weston and are now able to improve the facilities we need. It will make a big difference to the provision and will contribute to greater use and benefit to our pupils. Many thanks to Garfield Weston from all at East Worlington Primary School.”

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, says:
“What really impressed our Trustees is the amount of volunteering and community involvement that’s going on across the UK. We heard about so many amazing projects involving local people who are helping their communities thrive - regardless of cuts, Brexit debates and other challenges.

The response from charities to this new fund clearly demonstrates the voluntary sector is proactive and energetic; far from the complacency it is sometimes accused of.

Yet we can also see the level of need that exists in our local communities and how much the services charities provide are so desperately needed. The impact of these grants will be significant, with benefits for many people lasting years.”

From community centres providing services for isolated older people to organisations tackling youth and gang crime, the funding from the Weston Anniversary Fund will help charities from across the UK provide more and better services in their communities. A recent survey by the Foundation found that two-thirds (66%) of small charities expect their income to stay the same or decline this year, yet over half (55%) expect to be delivering more services. Getting help with refurbishments or a new building has been highlighted by charities as important as it helps them earn new income.

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