LB Hounslow award £270,000 to local community groups

Image above: Cllr Shivraj Grewal (centre) with members of West London Queer Project along Chiswick High Road, an Our Barn Carers Project event

19 community groups awarded funds to help with expansion and provision of services

Hounslow Council has awarded over £270,000 to 19 local voluntary and community (VCSE) groups that support young people, carers and families in the borough. It’s the first round of two of the Council’s Thriving Communities Revenue funding in 2022.

Thriving Communities Funding is based on need and what Hounslow’s voluntary sector require to deliver ‘positive and lasting benefits’ for the many different communities across the borough.

More than £70,000 has been award to caring groups across Hounslow including The Mulberry Centre, who look to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Harrow Carers, first-time beneficiaries, offer wide-ranging support for carers across Hounslow, and Osterley-based Our Barn Carers Project provide specialist support for family carers.

Nearly £40,000 has been awarded to sport-related projects including Project Turnover, who, through rugby, seek to re-engage 12–17-year-olds back into education and away from possible exclusion.

Hounslow Community Rowing Trust – another first-time beneficiary – provide indoor rowing lessons to state school pupils at Brentford Leisure Centre.

Other new beneficiaries include the West London Queer Project, which started in Chiswick. West London Queer Project offer resources and safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community across Hounslow.

Volunteering Matters’ Knowledge Equals Opportunity project, who received £25,000, focus on young people who have found themselves outside mainstream education.

Funding “will help us to continue growing”

Aubrey Crawley, founder of the West London Queer Project, said:

“We have an excellent relationship with Hounslow Council, whose support has already seen our organisation flourish this summer. This funding will help us continue growing and we look forward to further establishing a support network for Hounslow’s LGBTQ+ community.”

Our Barn Carers Project Tweeted:

“We are grateful for recent funding from Hounslow’s Thriving Communities Fund that allows us to increase support. This account is to highlight some of the work we carry out. It usually goes unnoticed except by families who come back to us again and again.”

Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, Councillor Shivraj Grewal, said:

“It’s exciting to award funding to such a diverse mix of organisations that will help hundreds of residents across the borough. We look forward to working with the borough’s vibrant voluntary and community sector in supporting our residents through increasingly challenging times.”

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