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A £20,000 grant to the Friends of Minet Country Park has restored a pond for the local community and wildlife. Now that the pond holds water through the year it is a haven for wildlife and is regularly used as an education resource for local schools and community groups for pond dipping and other lessons. The work has improved the biodiversity of the park by providing a variety of water habitats as the level naturally fluctuates with the rain fall.

A 12 month grant of £75,000 meant that over 1,100 client contacts could be made within the Trust area. The service gave advice on over 3,500 enquiry issues. Debt advice was in particular demand and CAB advisers have assisted service users with debts totalling £1,911,533.

The Trust’s grants have refurbished the on the Glebe Estate in West Drayton and funded a development worker who has organised a range of popular and well attended events, reinvigorating the Com Café and increasing the number and skills of the volunteers.

The Café is now a centre for IT courses, an after school film club, a job club and workshops run by local groups such as Age Concern.

A grant of £48,400 over 2 years to QPR Community Trust’s Kickz project will help to create safer, stronger, respectful communities through the development of young people's potential.

The Trust has given funding of £30,327 over 3 years to that the club can buy a converted BMX truck and additional equipment to run an outreach project to schools in the Trust area. The grant also covers some coaching costs.

A grant of £5,412 to West Drayton Explorers Football Club has enabled it to operate over 3 nights per week and to shortly move to 4 nights a week. The project engages with over 100 young people a week and as well as keeping them active, improves community safety and reduces anti-social behaviour.

A grant of £6,764 funded a project aimed at exposing children to different faiths to help them appreciate the differences, similarities and strengths of each religion and their approach to different issues. Children have also experienced different faiths working together as a network of volunteers from different faiths facilitate the workshops in schools in the Trust area.

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