Through our community grants programme we awarded funding to the following organisations.
The Friendship Group aims to tackle loneliness and isolation by bringing the over 55’s together for weekly activities. A donation of £400 from our Chauncy Charity fund will subsidise a coach trip for the members. Day trips mean a lot to many of the 50 members of the group who are unable to manage or afford a holiday.
Stevenage Survivors brings local people together who have a shared enjoyment of poetry and have survived adversity during their lives. Once a year the group holds a community therapy day focusing on poetry, storytelling, creative writing, relaxation and music. Most of those who attend are from deprived and disadvantaged back grounds who are struggling with life and we were therefore pleased to support this worthwhile activity with a contribution of £200.
Stevenage Pioneer Trust is part of the Youth Engagement Service providing community sessions, events and activities across the town. Our £300 donation was used to run a football project enabling young people to play sport, improve their health and, if they choose, speak with youth workers for support and guidance for any problems or concerns they may have.
Watton at Stone Community Hall is an important hub for local activities. Following the success of the Forever Active Archery programme for the over 55’s we were delighted to provide a grant of £500 to purchase archery equipment for the continuation and expansion to all ages for this activity in the area.
Barclay Kart Team is an extra-curricular club that introduces kart racing to children aged 10-18 years old. Stevenage Community Trust has donated £2,000 to ensure all members of the team are able to attend and compete in the National Schools Karting Championships in Scotland, regardless of their financial background.
Ashtree Primary is a large, friendly school offering a wide range of opportunities for its pupils. With concerns surrounding inactivity and obesity in children, we were more than happy to support the school’s cheerleading club with a grant of £500 to purchase some fantastic pom-pom’s.
Longmeadow is a larger than average-sized primary school for children aged 3-11 years. A £2,000 contribution was awarded to create a vibrant new early year’s outdoor learning area to meet the needs of 180 pupils, many with special educational needs.
Tilehouse Counselling exists to provide professional counselling and therapeutic group work for adults and young people. With mental health concerns on the increase there has been a rapid escalation in demand for support for vulnerable young people in desperate need of help. We were therefore pleased to approve a grant of £2,480 to enable this fantastic organisation to offer brief, focused counselling in a safe, confidential space for young people aged 13-19 in Stevenage.
Benington Recreation Ground is home to many local teams and clubs who use the facilities. A grant of £2,000 will help with the costs needed to complete the building of a new pavilion to replace the existing one which was completely destroyed by an electrical fire in 2004.
The Gordon Craig Theatre Senior Drama Academy provides workshops for youngsters aged 3-18 years. A group of these young people were offered a wonderful opportunity to perform their own production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With each student having to raise £400 through a variety of fundraising activities, the Trust was happy to provide a contribution of £1,000 in recognition of their efforts.
Herts Area Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre provides free & confidential counselling for females who are survivors of rape and sexual assault. To meet the needs of the women who require their support, the centre received financial assistance from the Trust to create a new user friendly website.
Herts Disabled Cricket Association has been in existence for 15 years and has continually been helping people with disabilities to become and stay active through cricket. A £439 grant provided training for 5 support staff and purchased a table tennis table to enable disabled people to play table top cricket.
Ditchy Extras is a peer support group for those with mental health difficulties. All have been sectioned at some time and the vast majority live alone, making Christmas an especially difficult time. With a grant of £110 all 22 members of the group will receive a small Christmas present, for many it will be the only present they receive.
Headway Hertfordshire supports people who are affected by an acquired brain injury. Our grant of £2,000 helped to fund Headway’s Pathways project to aid rehabilitation and recovery.
Tracks Autism is a specialist early years centre for children with an autistic spectrum condition. Children were able to enjoy a day out at Shepreth Wildlife Park in the summer thanks to a grant of £875 from the Trust.
The Gifted Organisation supports disadvantaged young people to unlock their gifts and create bright futures for them. We provided a grant of £2,000 to deliver The Butterfly Effect project; an intensive intervention to support the social and emotional development of girls and young women at risk of exclusion from school, have been excluded, are involved in anti-social behaviour, engaging in risky behaviour or are at risk or doing so.
The Living Room is an award winning addiction recovery charity providing help and support to local residents for many years. Our donation of £500 will help to buy food and equipment for a new healthy eating programme aimed at educating parents and children who use the services of The Living Room.
Wheelchair Dance Sport Association is the UK National Governing Body for wheelchair dance sport and wheelchair dancing in the UK, for those who would otherwise be excluded from dancing. A tea dance in Stevenage was arranged, thanks to a £1,000 donation from the Trust, to encourage local wheelchair users to get involved.
Knebworth Link Up Lunch Club was formed in 1982 and is run entirely by volunteers. Up to 50 elderly residents meet each week, many of whom are in their 80’s and 90’s. A £250 grant from our Chauncy fund paid for a Christmas party for the club’s members and helpers. Betty, aged 85, produced a handsome roast turkey dinner followed by her legendary trifle!
SPACE is a parent/carer support group for children with autism, ADHD and related conditions. A new group was set up in Stevenage earlier this year and the Trust was pleased to donate £350 to create a library of relevant books for parents and carers to borrow.
Almond Hill Junior School is a community school based in Stevenage Old Town. With the aim of finding at least one sport or physical activity that each of the children enjoys, the Trust was pleased to provide funding of £1,700 for additional activities for disadvantaged children from low income families to take part in.
The Good Companions Club provides companionship for men and women over 50. They meet once a week at Bedwell Community Centre and enjoy a wide range of activities including bingo, quizzes and speakers. A grant of £450 from our Chauncy fund contributed towards a Christmas trip to the Brick Lane Music Hall in London for 40 senior citizens. Many of the members live alone and would struggle to afford the cost of the trip without this funding.
Barnwell School is a secondary school serving the communities to the south of Stevenage and the surrounding villages. A grant of just £180 was all that was needed to run a 6 week boxing programme for some of the school’s most at-risk students displaying signs of anti-social behaviour, both in school and the community.
Stevenage Arts Guild is an umbrella organisation for all the voluntary arts groups in Stevenage, supporting many of the town’s talented youngsters. A donation of £1,000 from the Trust helped to fund a series of interactive musical theatre and instrumental workshops for talented young people whose parents are unable to fund the sessions themselves.
Stevenage Cricket Club has been based in the town for over 200 years and is home to 8 adult teams and a number of junior teams of all age groups. The Trust has supported the club for many years and was pleased to donate £1,000 to purchase an automatic bowling machine to support their programme to encourage more youngsters, especially girls, to take up the sport.
13th Stevenage Guides is a new unit for girls who meet each week and take part in various activities and adventures, as well as fundraising for local causes. The Trust donated £500 so the group could purchase tents and equipment for camping trips.
Stevenage Starlets is a brand new football club dedicated to getting more girls playing the game. A grant of £750 enabled the club to purchase much needed kit and equipment.
Stevenage Borough Snowcats is a newly formed under 10 girl’s football team. A grant of £500 was provided towards the purchase of a new kit and equipment.
Aston Parish Council A donation of £450 contributed towards the purchase and installation of a defibrillator for the community of Aston
Barnwell Kart Club is a parent led kart club based at Barnwell School but open to all children in the local area. The Trust donated £1,500 so that the club could purchase essential equipment and safety clothing.
Stevenage South Children’s Centres are made up of a group of 4 centres in Bedwell, Broadwater, Shephall and Chells and Manor and serve families who have children under 5 years of age. We provided a grant of £500 to run a pilot scheme to promote healthy lifestyles to expectant mums.
Eastern Roller Speed Association received a grant for £450 to deliver roller skating taster sessions to a variety of schools in Stevenage.
Holy Trinity Church and hall is used by many members of the community from local school children to the elderly. A grant of £150 was used to purchase a portable ramp to assist wheelchair users, babies in buggies and those with mobility concerns.
Codicote Football Club has 150 players across a variety of youth and senior teams. The club received a grant of £1,146 to upgrade their fencing to comply with FA regulations.
Aqualina Synchonised Swimming Club is part of the Amateur Swimming Association and has over 40 swimmers, ranging in age from 8 to 20 years. Earlier this year we were pleased to provide a grant of £300 towards the cost of a training one of the club’s volunteer coaches.
Knebworth Football Club is a FA Charter Standard Development Club with teams for boys and girls from the age of 3 through to seniors and veterans. A £1,000 donation from the Trust contributed towards the purchase of new kits for four of the club’s youth teams.
St Nicholas Community Centre has been based in the heart of St Nicholas in Stevenage for over 40 years. The centre is a base for many clubs who rely on the facilities to provide activities and support to a wide range of local people. The Trust was pleased to offer a grant of £500 towards the repair of the wet pour rubber safety flooring which had fallen into disrepair.
Stevenage Striders is a relatively new running club for local people of all ages and abilities. A grant of £200 was used to purchase equipment to support training sessions and ensure the club remains free to attend for all members.
Stevenage-Ingelheim-Autun Association meets throughout the year to maintain good relationships between the residents of Stevenage, Ingelheim and Autun. The grant of £1,200 from Stevenage Community Trust assisted in financing the 13th annual ‘3 towns – 1 vision’ youth project which brings young people from Stevenage together with youngsters from Ingelheim in Germany and Autun in France.
Stevenage Education Support Centre provides education for twelve young people who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion from their school. Pupils are often demotivated as they are out of mainstream school so as a way of trying to re-engage students the centre runs a Christmas raffle. Pupils earn raffle tickets by producing good work and then at the end of term three winners are drawn who each takes home a hamper of goodies to help towards their Christmas celebrations. The Trust was pleased to provide a donation of £90 to cover the cost of the hampers.
Warriorz is a Street Dance & Performing Arts Academy who aims to inspire & motivate young talented children. Earlier this year we awarded them a grant of £500 to purchase outfits for a group of dancers aged 9-17 years who had been selected to compete at the world championships.
Hampson Park Community Centre is based in the Pin Green area of Stevenage. Over 50 local older people were able to enjoy a fantastic Christmas party with a 3-course dinner and a small gift thanks to a contribution from our Chauncy Charity fund.
Herts Vision Loss supports the county’s estimated population of 22,000 people with severe and permanent sight loss. With a donation from the Trust the charity was able to hold two Christmas events for those who attend their various support groups, many of whom are severely socially isolated because of their disability.
Stevenage Food Shed aims to reach out and help those struggling and in need by providing food, clothing and essential items. To assist with the growth of this service we were pleased to provide funding to create a comfortable and safe area for confidential conversations with vulnerable clients.
Moss Bury Primary School and Nursery is based in Stevenage. To enhance the children’s global development, the school will be using a grant of £100 to purchase a trampoline. Primarily, this equipment will be used to support children with special educational needs, aiding many aspects of their learning experience from helping with their motor skills to assisting with their maths with activities such as counting their jumps.
In our first 25 years, we gave out more than £1 million in grants to help local people and organisations.
We could not have realised this without the generosity of our supporters and our aim is to build on the these rock solid foundations and be even more impactful for our community over the next 25 years. Robert Stewart - Chairman