A £35,000 grant from the Trust enabled it to create a doorstep walking route for local people, linking communities in and around Harlington. It has made an all-weather popular local walking route accessible to buggies and wheelchairs as well as walkers and cyclists. The increases level of use has improved the perception of personal safety which has in turn encouraged more and wider use of the route which at one time was previously overgrown, subject to fly-tipping and joy-riding and other anti-social behaviour which deterred legitimate users.
Brings people with disabilities and special needs into contact with animals and the pleasures of gardening. Activities allow users to develop skills, gain confidence through work experience and informal training and to achieve a strong sense of personal achievement. A £7,500 grant from Hillingdon Community Trust supported horse riding for people with disabilities or special needs.
Grants of £150,000 in 2 years for a new Advice Lifeline Service to help the CAB deal effectively with clients’ problems arising as a result of the economic recession. During the first year of funding, there were 1,045 client and CAB dealt with 2,450 enquiry issues. Welfare benefits, tax credits and debt were the main areas of advice.
The Trust has given a grant of £12,050 over 3 years for ‘Environmental Encounters’ – a series of curriculum based outdoors activities for children in the Trust area based at Minet Country Park. This means children are enjoying places in their local area where they can experience nature close to home.
I have been to Minet Country Park before, but I have not been pond dipping or grass sweeping. My favourite part was pond dipping because I saw a little, little fish.James
A grant of £2,500 enabled free play opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The play sessions led to friendships between parents with the sessions becoming a meeting place where parents could have fun with their children and support each other. Many of the families attending were single parents, and with very low incomes find it hard to keep their children entertained so the clubs were especially valued.
A respite care home in Hayes for children with disabilities received a grant of £5,000 from Hillingdon Community Trust to purchase specialist play equipment for young people with disabilities. The new play equipment partly financed by the Trust includes a special wheelchair swing and trim trail.
Has a new garden thanks to a grant of £13,000 from Hillingdon Community Trust. The Day Centre has a large garden that was difficult to maintain to a level of most benefit to its service users. 60 elderly people and 30 adults with physical and sensory disabilities attend the centre on a daily basis.
Grants totalling £44,000 from Hillingdon Community Trust have enabled 1st Harmondsworth Scouts to turn a virtually unusable area behind their Scout Hut into a multi-purpose garden featuring an area for camping, specialist play equipment, a barbeque area, a ramp for users with disabilities and a wildlife area.
A grant of £30,000 over 2 years was made so that CCC could provide training for volunteers and key people in local organisations on cancer awareness, prevention and treatments for volunteers and key people in local organisations. The project was developed to provide outreach training and workshops to the ethnic communities and form partnerships with Hillingdon Asian Women’s Group and a Somali Women’s Group, Sahan.
£90,000 over 3 years for the Advice Information and Care service means that Bell Farm can offer much needed advice, information, advocacy and care to all sections of the community.
Hillingdon Community Trust funded £15,000 towards the spectator gallery at the club.
A local charity which helps people with disability and long-term illness to carry on enjoying their gardens. Hillingdon Community Trust stepped in to provide a grant of £19,500 to enable Healing Gardens to continue working in Hayes, West Drayton, Yiewsley and the south of Hillingdon borough.
Since it was established, Hillingdon Community Trust has made grants of around £¾ of a million for the benefit of local school children, including a special initiative offering small grants of up to £5,000 to primary schools for a project that will enhance the lives of their pupils, funding to subsidise visits by the Life Education Centre Hillingdon to local schools to provide specialist lessons in healthy living and drug education, and funding towards Rosedale College’s artificial turf playing surfaces, full size grass pitch, floodlighting and purpose built changing facilities. A Trust grant of £22,000 enabled Harmondsworth Primary School to build a special atrium so that children would have the opportunity of learning how to grow plants and about growing food and eating healthily.
The Trust made a grant of £4,000 for a drop in session for elderly people in Yiewsley to provide IT training and physical exercise programmes to improve independence. As a result of the grant, the more isolated members of the community make new friendships and gain information that they might not otherwise be able to access.
A £5,000 grant from Hillingdon Community Trust to the QPR Kickz project provided portable floodlights for the winter. The project engages with 100 young people from the Trust’s area and aims to involve young people in positive, constructive activities, create exit routes into education, training and employment, break down barriers between police and young people, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, increase playing, coaching and officiating opportunities, encourage volunteering and increase young people’s interest in the game.
Moorcroft School was able to acquire a specially adapted mini bus thanks to a grant of £38,000 from Hillingdon Community Trust. This mini bus has enabled class groups to access the community more regularly and reinforce frequent learning.
£46,300 over 3 years enabled Disablement Association Hillingdon (DASH) to set up an independent living group for disabled people, providing assistance with social networking and leisure activities. The Club arranges a wide range of activities, including Arts and Crafts, Keep Fit, Yoga, Football, Multi Sports and Swimming chosen by its members.
A grant of £16,020 for canoes and kayaks has made a real difference to the kayaking and canoeing opportunities on offer to this group. The boats have been used extensively not only by scouts from Hayes and Harlington but also Hillingdon Borough Police cadets, Heathrow District Guides and West Drayton Air Cadets.
Children from the Trust area from all sections of the community have been able to use the equipment and have been introduced to a fun sport which demands confidence, concentration and the development of personal skill.
The Trust’s grant of £100,000 helped to transform a building unused for years into a thriving community centre. Managed day-to-day by Age Concern Hillingdon, a range of services for local people will operate from the new building including an Internet café, training rooms, and a well being suite offering a wide variety of activities for the local community.