Newbury Building Society puts a spring in local charities step with latest Community Support Scheme donations

We are extremely pleased to have been able to support a number of brilliant local charities and community organisations in the April 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 April, and we were pleased to make donations to the following organisations.

HEROS Charity

Grace Muir from HEROS Charity receives a cheque for £1,000 from Newbury Building Society.

HEROS Charity creates new opportunities for ex-racehorses and young people who are struggling in mainstream education through unique apprenticeships, diplomas and traineeships. In additon to the work they undertake with young people, they also rehabilitate, retrain and rehome horses who have retired from racing for a variety of reasons, including old age and injury. They received a donation of £1,000 to help towards their gardening and cookery education for children with special educational needs. 

CPRE Hampshire - The Countryside Charity

The Countryside Charity, based in Winchester, applied for a donation to support the 2023 Hampshire Countryside Awards, which celebrate unsung heroes of the local countryside, who work to protect habitats and create a greener future. 

Military Vehicle Trust

Mollie Maclean from Newbury Building Society presents Michael Burne from the Military Vehicle Trust with a cheque for £500

The Military Vehicle Trust applied for funding to deliver a salute to local veterans as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations in Alton on 24th June. 

We, the organisers of the Armed Forces Day Convoy, sincerely thank the Newbury Building Society for their donation which will make a significant and positive difference to our ability to deliver the event which salutes our Veterans and Armed Forces personnel.

Michael Burne, Military Vehicle Trust

The Wokingham Pantomime Group

The Wokingham Pantomine Group will use their donation to go towards offering Wokingham Borough's foster children and their carer families a dedicated pantomine performance.

Abingdon Community Fridge

Abingdon Community Fridge is a volunteer-led organisation who work to reduce food waste by redistributing surplus food to the local community free of charge. The funding they received will go towards the costs of their liability insurance so they can continue to help local people in food poverty.


Challengers is a disability charity which provides play for children aged 2-18 at playschemes, youth schemes and pre-schools across the South East of England. Their donation will support their play and youth services in Basingstoke, where we have a branch. The funds will enable them to put on fun activities in a safe space for disabled children.


Sammie Boon from Newbury Building Society presents Debs Morrison, CLASP CEO, and CLASP members with a cheque for £500

CLASP is a self-advocacy group for disabled adults based in Wokingham. The charity will use their donation to support their gardening group, which aims to teach their clients about 'fork to plate', growing flowers, and learning about the environment.

Being awarded this grant allows us to run our gardening group and buy vital equipment and plants which will enhance the opportunities for our members. We use this time to improve our well-being, learn more about how to nurture and grow plants and flowers, and have fun when we have successful produce. This is part of us being more engaged with nature and our community. Thank you to Newbury Building Society for investing in us as a charity.

Debs Morrison, CEO CLASP

Thomas Reade School Association

Thomas Reade School Association applied for funding to purchase some equipment such as water butts and small spades and rakes for their after school gardening club.

Newbury Youngstars

The Newbury Youngstars are a youth theatre group made up of children aged between 9 and 16. The funding they have received supported a recent production of 'Singin' In The Rain'.

Move Momentum

The Over 65s class at Move Momentum receive a cheque from Newbury Building Society.

Move Momentum is a Winchester-based dance charity who offer dance and movement classes for people who may not otherwise be able to access them. They provide fun, accessible dance classes for wheelchair users and people aged 65 and over.

The donation from the Society be spent on venue hire for their upcoming dance show, which gives dancers a chance to showcase what they have been learning to their friends and families.

Home-Start South Oxfordshire

Home-Start South Oxfordshire is Didcot-based charity which supports vulnerable families and children in the local area.

The donation from Newbury Building Society will go towards helping the continuation of our vital trained home-visiting volunteer service throughout Abingdon and Didcot in the southern part of Oxfordshire. Our trained volunteers are matched with families who are struggling, and have at least one child under the age of five, and they visit them in their own homes each week to offer support in the ways they need. The donation will help us ensure that we can support the families that need it most.

Linda Cheong, Scheme Manager Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire

Newbury Pride

Newbury Pride is a local event celebrating the rights and visibility of LGBTQIA+ people throughout the local area. The Newbury Pride Committee applied for funds to support their ambitions to become a more environmentally friendly event. They plan to purchase fabric wristbands for eventgoers, as well as reusable or recyclable plastic cups. 

Want to apply for funding?

The next Community Support Scheme round closes on Friday 28 July. For more information and to apply, please visit our Community Support Scheme page.

Emma Gentry Head of Marketing and Communications

Emma leads the marketing and communications team and is responsible for marketing, communications, brand and public relations.

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