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.
Carelink, a service providing support to people aged 50 and over in the Stoke area who are lonely and isolated, used their Carriers for Causes grant to offer clients the opportunity to visit local heritage venues.
The organisation said: "The first trip was to the Royal Stafford ceramics café to paint some pottery, socialise and have some lunch. The best thing was the pure enjoyment of the Carelink customers – but both our staff and those of Royal Stafford got a real buzz from it as well."
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."
For more information or to apply for funding, please visit: www.groundwork.org.uk/carriersforcauses
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