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Local community groups awarded over £600,000 in 12 months thanks to ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants

Posted on 26 June 2017

Community groups and organisations across the UK have been awarded over £630,000 over the last year from the 'Carriers for Causes' programme funded by local retailer, One Stop.

Carriers for Causes launched last year and invited community groups to apply for funding grants towards a variety of local projects. So far, over 500 projects across the UK have received funding benefiting nearly 322,000 people.

Following the success of the scheme, which is administered by community charity, Groundwork, the grant available has now doubled to £2,000 to allow communities to continue to help their local area grow.

Derventio Housing Trust, 'Growing Lives Project' was awarded a grant to provide skill-building activities including gardening, cookery and arts with support to reduce isolation and improve confidence, health and wellbeing.

The Trust said: "Our Growing Lives garden is now bustling with activity and we are making good use of the new equipment bought with the Carriers for Causes grant.

"Participants are enjoying spending time outdoors, leading to improved health and wellbeing. It is also having a wider impact, giving people the chance to get involved in the maintenance and conservation of an outdoor space and helping to renew and improve the local environment."

Other projects that were funded all help to promote physical activity, improve the lives of young people and the elderly, improve the health, wellbeing and safety of communities and protect or improve the local environment.

Kevin Twynholm, Head of Store Support & Services said: "I’m really proud of how well our Carriers for Causes scheme has been received by our local communities. It is a real privilege to see the positive difference it has made to so many people.  We look forward to being able to support more communities in the near future."

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork said: "It’s truly great to look back over the successes of Carriers for Causes so far and to see how many communities and local people have benefitted.

"It’s also good to know that as a result, over 2,400 people have been given volunteering opportunities as part of the project activity, something that we know from experience is benefiting to both individuals and local areas.

"We look forward to seeing even more projects over the coming months and to see the amazing results that come from positive, local social action."

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