Five organisations receive donations in most recent round of Community Support Scheme

Organisations from across our branch communities can apply for funding that can help make a difference to their activities, service users, or events. In 2021 we supported 35 groups in our local communities, with over £15,000 of funding support.

We are delighted to have been able to support two local charities as well as two community sports teams in the autumn/winter 2021 round of funding, which accepted applications up to 10 October 2021.

Find out more about the successful organisations and their plans below:

Dingley’s Promise 
We have also allocated £450 to Dingley’s Promise, who support local children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities and their families. They will put the funding to good use by buying much-needed new learning and play resources for their West Berkshire centre in Shaw. 

A child at the West Berkshire Dingley's Promise Center playing with some reflective balls bought with the funding from The Society's Community Support Scheme

Abi Preston-Rees, Centre Manager of Dingley’s Promise West Berkshire had this to say about the news: "On behalf of the whole West Berkshire team, I would like to thank the staff and customers of Newbury Building Society for again supporting us with this generous gift, which we will put to work straightaway to help the children who attend our Centre to improve their communication, listening and concentration, and social skills, all of which have been impacted by the pandemic." 

Maggie’s, Oxford
Maggie’s is a charity which provides free support and information to people living with cancer, offering spaces to access one-to-one help as well as join activities and meet and build relationships with others in a similar situation.

Maggie’s Oxford was awarded £500 to help them create a new garden space, which will become a relaxing haven for people with cancer and their loved ones when they visit. 

Pip Dingle, Fundraising Manager for Maggie’s Oxford, said: "Thank you so much to Newbury Building Society for their incredible support. The money donated will help the people who use our centre whether they are facing a cancer diagnosis themselves or are supporting a loved one who is. The Community Support Scheme will help us to continue to offer free specialist help, support and reassurance for all who need us."

St Edmunds Football Club 
St Edmunds, a grassroots football team from Abingdon, were awarded £250 to go towards providing their youngest team with a kit to wear to away matches. We’re pleased to be able to help the boys under eight’s team proudly display their club colours at their upcoming matches and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season! 

Starz Netball Team
Starz Netball Team were awarded £500 to help buy equipment such as match balls, as well as branded kit for their younger squads. Good luck with your upcoming fixtures from all of us at Newbury Building Society!

Didcot Events
Didcot Events, a group of volunteers who organise events for the local community, applied for funding for their anticipated Christmas event. The group were allocated £500 to go towards their Christmas Street Market celebrations, where they subsidised the cost of horse and carriage rides to bring cheer to children and big kids alike! 

Father Christmas and his helpers prepare for the Didcot Festive Market 2021

Are you part of a community organisation that could do with some support? The deadlines to apply for funding as part of our Community Support Scheme in 2022 are as follows:
•    Saturday 30th April 2022
•    Monday 31st October 2022

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