Homelessness charities, community groups benefit from grants

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Charities working to help the most vulnerable and reduce homelessness are some of the biggest winners in this year’s round of annual revenue grants from Wycombe District Council.

Wycombe Women's Aid, which works with women and children experiencing or trying to escape domestic violence, will receive £66,000.

The Wycombe Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme (WRDGS), set up to help prevent homelessness by guaranteeing the deposit required by private landlords, has been granted £62,500.

And £10,000 has been allocated to Wycombe Homeless Connection, which offers support, resettlement and a winter night shelter.

The biggest overall beneficiary is Citizens Advice High Wycombe – which recently moved from Easton Street into the Wycombe District Council building in Queen Victoria Road – with £153,280 to continue helping people resolve their financial and other problems.

A total of £364,884 has been allocated. The other charities and community groups that will benefit are:

  • Wooburn Festival – £2,000
  • Community Impact Bucks (supports voluntary and community sector groups in the district with advice, information and training) – £23,104
  • Wycombe Mind (mental health charity) – £5,000
  • New Meaning Centre Toolshed Project (provides employment opportunities and lifeskills training to young people) – £5,000
  • One-Can Trust Ltd (foodbank) – £5,000
  • Chiltern Dial a Ride (transport service for older, frail or disabled people) – £23,500
  • High Wycombe Shopmobility – £6,000
  • Chiltern Woodlands (woodland management, preserving the Chilterns landscape) – £3,500.

Cllr Graham Peart, Cabinet Member for Community, said: “Thank you to everyone who applied for a grant and congratulations to those who were successful. A lot of discussion and consideration went into deciding how the available funding could be best used to help people in our community.”

Sophie, Operations Manager at Wycombe Women’s Aid, said: “We are very grateful for the ongoing support of Wycombe District Council as it will enable us to continue providing our lifesaving service to women living in this area, empowering them to live free from fear and abuse.”

Phil Thomas, Operations Manager for the Wycombe Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme, said “This grant from WDC will enable us to continue reducing homelessness in the district by housing local homeless people in the private sector, providing tenancy support and rescuing tenancies for people threatened with eviction.”

Sheena Dykes, Chair of Trustees at Wycombe Homeless Connection, said: “It's so important to us at Wycombe Homeless Connection that support, both financial and volunteer hours, comes from our local community. It's therefore a great encouragement to us that WDC has again given us a grant to continue with our vital work. We help over 500 local people every year to rebuild their lives. Homelessness is on the increase, both locally and nationally, so we make careful use of every penny.”

These annual revenue grants run from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. In addition, small grants, venues grants and High Wycombe Town Centre grants run on an ongoing programme throughout the year.

Charities and community groups that would like to apply for a grant should email grants@wycombe.gov.uk or telephone the grants officer on 01494 421424.