Colchester Council has chosen eight community organisations to receive a share of a £230,000 Voluntary Welfare Grant for 2018/19.
Colchester Night Shelter, which has been selected to receive over £20,000 in grant money for 2018/19, was amongst the eight organisations chosen.
Marina Woodrow, manager at the Colchester Night Shelter said they are “delighted” to have been successful in their bid to the Voluntary Welfare Grant.
Continuing, Marina told Jumbo News: “The money we have been allocated will enable us to further assist our residents in addressing their individual support needs and in time move on with their lives in a positive way.
“It is imperative that whilst people stay with us they fully engage with us and in turn the staff at the shelter will work tirelessly to make differences that will shape their futures for the better.
“We are immensely grateful for the continued support of Colchester Borough Council and their trust in us to deliver the best service we can to the homeless community”.
The grant, available to projects that serve Colchester’s residents with comprehensive or specialist services to the local community, is helping protect services that complements the Council’s strategic aims.
From July to September 2017, the scheme was open to applications from groups across Colchester which make a difference to local people’s lives.
To be eligible, organisations had to either increase volunteering, help people build skills for life or work, prevent loneliness or help vulnerable people to improve their lives.
Entries were made via a competitive process, with applicants completing an entry submission in order to be considered.
Over £500,000 worth of requests were made to the fund before applications closed on 29th September.
At a funding panel meeting in October, it was agreed that the 2018/19 fund would be split between:
- Age Concern Colchester (£11,450)
- Beacon House (£13,000)
- Citizens Advice Colchester (£50,000)
- Colchester Furniture Project (£15,000)
- Colchester Emergency Night Shelter (£20,200)
- Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge (£50,000)
- Youth Enquiry Service (£30,350)
A further £40,000 was allocated to local volunteering organisation Community360, which will be used to support more local groups in achieving their goals.