Kingston Voluntary Action was very pleased to receive £95,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund for the benefit of Kingston residents affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund was used to provide 19 grants to enable the delivery of activities to support local residents and communities through the Covid-19 crisis, and to further realise the equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions in the Borough.
We were particularly interested in hearing from small and emerging organisations, and organisations working with the BAMER and LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities and carers in the borough.
We received some outstanding applications and the fund was heavily oversubscribed, so the grants panels had some very tough choices to make.
We are now delighted to announce the following successful projects:
Round 1 Grants up to £5,000
Connect: North Korea received £4,425 for the expansion of their outreach services to support North Korean refugees who are suffering from loneliness, and at are risk of poverty and homelessness.
ITC Tamil Centre received £4,425 for tablets, earphones, and a laptop to support users in digital poverty. These devices will help address social isolation, financial distress, digital exclusion, and emotional wellbeing. This will also allow access to Covid-19 information in their first language.
KAG Advocacy received £2,655 to provide information and advice for vulnerable people to access help with benefits and employment, resolve issues and improve well-being.
Kingston Chinese Association received £3,312 to jumpstart IT capability in the local Chinese community, which has become necessary to access activities during the Covid-19 lockdowns. They have been able to provide tablets and Zoom licences for the committee, teachers, and elderly members.
Kingston and District WelCare Association received £4,402 for social work to support 35 parents who, due to Covid-19, are struggling with family crisis, e.g. unemployment, housing arrears, debts, mental health relapses, anxiety, and isolation. They will also allocate £200 to help families who are isolated due to data poverty.
Kingston Outreach received £2,100 to fund the distribution of 500 Food parcels.
Milaap Multi-cultural Day Centre received £4,381 to fund 10 devices, along with IT support and training, for 10 isolated, senior individuals or couples in digital poverty. This will enable people to participate online activities and benefit from digital connecting with Milaap family and friends.
Refugee Action Kingston received £4,425 which will be used to help 20 refugees obtain qualification recognition certificates from the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), to increase their opportunities to enter better employment and/or further education in the UK.
SAHELI received £3,200 to provide 12 tablets and services of instructor for Zoom training, enabling them to provide online activities.
Save the World Club received £2,890 to pay for volunteer expenses to safely collect perishable surplus food from retailers. This food was then delivered to people in Kingston who are in food poverty and shielding. This has saved 20 tons of food each month during the pandemic.
Voices of Hope received £4,425 to cover staff costs, including a chef and a project manager, to cook and deliver around 800-1000 healthy meals a month to people unable to cook for themselves, and with no other support.
Round 2 Grants up to £10,000
Barnfield Riding for the Disabled Association received £6,900 to provide horse riding lessons for more than 50 children with disabilities each week.
Kingston Bereavement Service received £8,000 to help meet the increased demand and need for their bereavement services for adults, children, and young people, as a result of Covid-19.
One person who received support from Kingston Bereavement Service said "Even though I had not warmed to telephone counselling before, this time it was different – my counsellor and I had already met and it seemed more personable to me. I truly feel that I am well on the way to recovering and cannot thank my counsellor and KBS enough.”
Kingston LGBT Forum received £5,000 to provide peer support services for LGBTQ+ people in Kingston, focusing especially on Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic residents.
Kingston Vineyard received £7,266 to go towards staff costs. This will enable the organisation to focus on the work of Growbaby project, which provides baby clothes and equipment completely free of charge, to anyone who needs it. It will also allow them to develop ways to best support families and give full attention to needs in the Borough.
Learn English at Home received £6,400 to run weekly remote English for Health & Wellbeing classes for 30 ethnic minority women with limited English who are struggling to access services and public health messages.
TAG Youth Club received £6,986 to enable them to support over 46 families with disabled children and young carers. With this they can provide 3 weekend residentials, 3 day trips, and parkour sessions.
Voices of Hope received £8,000 to fund 30 BRITE Boxes, which contains a recipe and all the ingredients needed to make a healthy meal, for marginalised or at-risk youth. It will also allow them to expand the project to run in-person courses for youth, teaching cooking skills, providing mentoring, and volunteering experiences. The grant will also cover staff costs for the projects.
Yorda Adventures received £5,800 to run groups for children with severe learning disabilities. It will enable them to run family play and exercise sessions which were designed in lockdown as part of their Covid-19 response and recovery plan. The funding will enable Yorda Adventures to provide up to 1200 family places to reduce isolation, improve independent communication of emotions and forge resilient families.