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Fund helps Hounslow charities

Fri 3 February 2017, 3:11 pm

The outcomes of a two-year programme for charities helping vulnerable people have been presented at the House of Commons.

Andy Gulliford of Segro: "Our investment has really helped people and projects in the communities where we operate."

The London Community Fund, launched in 2015 by the London Community Foundation in partnership with property developer Segro, saw £60,000 awarded to 13 community projects in 2015 and £90,000 to 18 schemes in 2016.

In Hounslow, £9,140 was awarded to charities Groundswell and Resco in 2015, supporting 231 residents. A further £8,980 was awarded in 2016.

Groundswell helps homeless people have a greater influence on services and play a bigger role in the community. 

Resco delivers 16-week employability programmes to provide unemployed people with skills and work experience.

Overall, 594 people were supported by the scheme, over a third of them with disabilities or mental health issues.

Of the beneficiaries, 89 found employment thanks to the project, 74 went into education or training and nine started apprenticeships.

The London Community Foundation is an organisation which works with donors to invest in charities and community projects throughout the capital.

Andy Gulliford, chief operating officer of donor Segro, and Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, hosted the event at the House of Commons on 8 December 2016, describing the initiative as a success.

“Our investment has really helped people and projects in the communities where we operate,” said Gulliford, adding that Segro would continue to support local communities through the fund.

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