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Local community groups given financial boost from support scheme

A collection of photos from the projects supported

Newbury Building Society has provided financial aid to various community organisations in its branch network. 

Through the Community Support Scheme, the donations will help organisations fund essential activities designed to improve the lives of those in the local community.

Four charities, Time to Talk West Berks, Newbury Soup Kitchen, Abingdon Carousel Family Service and West Berkshire Foodbank, received double the highest award to support their work helping the most vulnerable during Covid-19. 

Below, you can find the charities awarded in the autumn/winter intake of the 2020 Community Support Scheme.  

A reminder of the beneficiaries of the summer’s intake can be found here

Thoughts from some of the charities:

Sandy Kruger, Chair of the Abingdon Baby Café said: “NBS Community Support will be pivotal to the safe reopening of The Abingdon Baby Café, which supports new mothers and their infants in the early days of breastfeeding. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the whole of the NBS team.”  

Debbie Morrison, Manager at CLASP said: “CLASP is elated to receive a grant from a business on our doorstep who want to support our efforts and help us enhance our charity by giving us money to provide a more professional ‘welcome’ to our new and existing members. We are very lucky. Thank you.”  

Denise Herrington, Supervisor, Early Years Professional at Great Shefford under-fives said: “Newbury Building Society is at the heart of the local community and consistently supports small organisations such as ours. The Society has a great presence in our local towns and is very much a part of the fabric of the area. his grant will enable us to pay for a music teacher to deliver a group lesson each week to the pre-school children, free of charge, throughout the autumn term.” 

What’s new for 2020/21?

Traditionally bi-annually, the funding panel will now meet four times a year to meet the increase in demand for urgent, more timely financial support. 

The deadlines for 2021 are as follows: 

Round 1: Sunday 28 February 2021 

Round 2: Sunday 30 May 2021 

Round 3: Sunday 29 August 2021 

Round 4: Sunday 10 October 2021 

The Community Support Scheme offers funding of between £100 - £500 for local projects and charities in the Society’s operating area. 

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