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Kenwood Community Fund

Press Release

9th December 2016


Five local charities supporting residents in the Havant area received a very welcome boost of £25,000 under the first round of grant-making from the Kenwood Community Fund. The Fund is managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and supports charitable work in the areas of Havant and Waterlooville, with a focus on local community projects that address the challenges of health, nutrition and wellbeing.

The five organisations receiving a grant are 

- Havant Athletic Club

- Home Start Havant

- Off The Record

- Rosemary Foundation Hospice at Home

- Rowans Hospice

Home-Start Havant supports local families by aiming to prevent family breakdown, helping children become school-ready and assisting parents to gain access to local services such as health appointments and educational opportunities through providing trained volunteers who visit the family in their own home each week. The group has received a grant to run a weekly Family Group which takes place at the Sharps Copse Children's Centre. Activities at the group will include families eating together at the table, learning about healthy food, cooking, singing, crafts and outdoor play. Maggie Eveleigh, Scheme Co-ordinator said "We focus on making the relationship between parent and child more secure. Many parents are socially isolated and are fearful of statutory services. They sometimes lack parenting skills, may be teenage or single parents or may have no family support. Their lack of self-esteem can be ameliorated by offering a different parental role model who can advise on issues such as healthy eating, wellbeing or further education and employment".

Rowans Hospice has received a grant for their 'Eating for Health' project which combines theory lessons and demonstration and practical cooking lessons, led by a qualified dietician. The project will support individuals who due to a life-limiting illness are experiencing difficulty with eating or cooking, either due to loss of appetite, changes in taste or altered domestic circumstances. Amanda Clapham, Director of Marketing & Income Generation at Rowan's Hospice said "The project will enable the hospice to support patients right from the beginning of their illness, with the emphasis being on living as well as possible for as long as possible".

Hannah Walsh, Product Manager at Kenwood commented: "We are delighted to be able to support a range of projects that engage communities and raise awareness of the benefits of good nutrition. With a little encouragement and training on the issues of healthy eating and the benefits of good nutrition, we can support those in need in our community to live healthier lives".

Jakes Ferguson, CEO of HIWCF added; "HIWCF is committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people across Hampshire and we are delighted that the Kenwood Community Fund has now awarded its first round of grant-making, providing invaluable support to those in need in their local community. HIWCF is acting for a number of major Hampshire companies including Ford UK, BAT, Hammerson, Red Funnel and Wightlink in their corporate giving programmes which form such an important part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)".

Photos below courtesy of Home-Start Havant and Rowan's Hospice:

 Home Start Havant


 Rowans Hospice Healthy Eating