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WELCOME TO THE HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

We are an independent charitable foundation that connects donors to the local causes and charities they care about, and we have built investments totalling £10 million for the long term benefit of local communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

We specialise in awarding grants to smaller, lesser known charities and community groups who offer the support, services and activities that can really make a difference to local people's lives.

Over the past eight years we have distributed more than £5 million in small grants to support over 2,000 community projects for local people of all ages.

Click here to see all 2014 grants awarded 

 

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FareShare in Hampshire

As part of Local Welfare Assistance (LWA), £200,000 has been invested in a scheme to help extend the reach of FareShare across Hampshire.

Community groups and organisations who provide breakfast clubs, meals, food parcels, cookery lessons etc. for vulnerable groups and low income families, can sign up to FareShare in Hampshire for a  monthly fee and collect FareShare food boxes to provide nutritious food at a fraction of the retail price.

Utilising the Hampshire Furniture Reuse Network (HFRN) locations, 6 new FareShare hubs will be working within their local communities to receive and distribute high quality, surplus food from some of the major supermarkets and food producers. By using the HFRN as spokes we aim to create better local community links, with organisations increasing their knowledge of services available in their area and working together to provide the support to local residents.

How do organisations find out more and get involved?

  • Contact their local hub (see Local Welfare Assistance for details of furniture reuse network locations) or email FareShare Southern Central  fareshare@scratchcharity.co.uk
  • Initial meeting to discuss food requirements, costs and suitability of FareShare scheme.
  • Premises inspection carried out by FareShare or trained volunteer from the hub.
  • Sign up to a 2 week trial.
  • Collect order from local hub.
  • Agree on-going order frequency and collection details.

For further, general information on FareShare please visit http://www.fareshare.org.uk/

LWA is discretionary, non-statutory provision of support for vulnerable groups and individuals facing financial hardship and critical need.

The aims of LWA are:

  1. To provide accessible and free (at the point of delivery) individually tailored information, advice, guidance and signposting to local residents. Ensure local community capacity is utilised to the full through developing working databases of local services and generating strong links with organisations that can support vulnerable residents.
  2. Use the data and information generated through this process to develop, and where appropriate, commission local responses where needs present and gaps are apparent.

For further information regarding local welfare assistance please contact Amy Brown, Local Welfare & Vulnerable Families Lead (amy.brown@hants.gov.uk

THE HIGH SHERIFF AWARDS 2015/16

The High Sheriff of Hampshire 2015/16 Lady (Louisa) Portal announces the launch of the High Sheriff Community Awards and is calling for public servants, voluntary groups and individuals to submit their entries for the annual community awards. The awards are designed to showcase the vibrant culture that is alive in Hampshire, and hopefully inspire others to make Hampshire a better, safer county for us all to live in.

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To find out more about the community foundation email marketing@hantscf.org.uk

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Surviving Winter 2015/16

The Surviving Winter 2015/16 appeal encourages people and businesses who can afford it to donate the equivalent of the Winter Fuel Allowance to support vulnerable people over the coldest months.

"Don't Need It - Donate It!"

Please click here to donate


VITAL SIGNS  

Welcome to Vital Signs 2015 for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  

 

This year we report on older people and social isolation, homelessness and the challenges, and mental health and substance misuse.

 

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HIWCF ANNUAL ACCOUNTS 2014 

Annual Report and Accounts Please download a copy here