11 local organisations receive donations in most recent round of Community Support Scheme funding

We are delighted to have been able to support a number of brilliant local charities and community organisations in the July round of our Community Support Scheme.

The Community Support Scheme offers funding to organisations in and around our ten branch towns. Applications are open four times each year, and typical grant amounts range from £100-£500. The last round of applications closed at the end of July, and we were pleased to make donations to the following organisations.

The Safe

The Safe, based in Basingstoke, are a non-for-profit charity who offer help and support to families in the local area dealing with pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage and post-pregnancy crisis. The donation of £500 will go towards purchasing the resources needed for their baby store, which supports families who are financially struggling and provides them with the equipment or clothing. 

Be Free Young Carers

Be Free Young Carers applied for funding to support their school holiday activity programme, which provides young carers with much-needed respite from their caring roles. 

Be Free Young Carers are incredibly grateful to Newbury Building Society for their generous donation to our School Holiday Activity Programme. Thanks to their vital support, we will be able to continue to offer a brighter future for Oxfordshire's young carers. Thank you to Newbury Building Society for your incredible support.

Be Free Young Carers

Alton Climate Action Network

Alton Climate Action Network is a voluteer-led charity who work to help reduce the impact of climate change on the environment. The donation will go towards a new strimmer, which will be used by the volunteers to maintain local pathways and verges. 

Me2 Club

Me2 Club, based in Wokingham, applied for funding to help recruite volunteers and provide them with specialist training and support. The volunteers will be able to buddy up with children to ensure inclusion into mainstream activities within the Wokingham community.

Thank you Newbury Building Society! Their donation of £500 means more children and young people with additional needs and disabilities across Wokingham and Reading will be able to join in and have fun at a leisure activity. Their donation will go directly towards the recruitment, specialist training and on-going support for volunteers.

Me2 Club


Littleton Bowling Club

Littleton Bowling Club receives a cheque for £250 from Newbury Building Society.

Littleton Bowling Club, based in Winchester, applied for a donation to purchase new garden furniture for the club, whcih will provide members with comfortable outdoor seating. The club previously applied for funding during COVID-19 for equipment to encourage potential new members to come and try the sport. Since then, the club have had a positive uptake in new memberships. 

Cromwell Singers

Cromwell Singers. based in Newbury, are a choir with approximately 50 members who have been performing since 1976. They applied for funding to purchase new song materials, which would provide 3-4 new songs for their choir. 


UCARE (Urology Cancer Research and Education) is a charity committed to improving the treatment and care of cancer patients through research and education. The donation of £500 will help raise awareness of urological cancers in local communities and encourage people to become more aware of their bodies. 

Wantage Town Ladies FC

Wantage Town Ladies FC applied for funding to go towards the cost of outdoor lights, to enable training throughout the winter. 

Corn Exchange Newbury Trust

The donation of £500 will go towards the Corn Exchange Trust's "Panto Pay it Forwards" appeal for this year's pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. The funding will provide a joyful experience for children and adults who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend a pantomime at Christmas. 

Fir Tree Primary School

Fir Tree Primary School ensure children have the 'freedom to flourish', through a creative and values based curriculum. With the current climate, the funding will go towards their Breakfast Club, to help ensure children don't arrive at school hungry. 

Schools nationally are finding budgets very tight and it is important that all pupils are supported, a good healthy breakfast and a positive start to the day is essential and this kind donation will enable Fir Tree to continue to facilitate this as well as highlighting the importance of community and support from the Newbury Building Society, so a huge thank you to them.

Lindsay Wood, Headteacher Fir Tree Primary School

Want to apply for funding?

The next Community Support Scheme round closes on Friday 29 September 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit our Community Support Scheme page.

Emma Gentry Head of Marketing and Communications

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