Pensioners and people with support needs who want to volunteer in Gosport are set to benefit from significant investment in the borough following the award of thousands of pounds worth of charitable grants. Two community projects in Gosport have been selected to receive a total of £18,328 from Wates Giving, an independent charitable programme set up by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust.
The awards follow applications to the Trust sponsored by national developer Wates Residential, which is currently building 200 new homes at pace as part of the Daedalus Village scheme. The developer’s plans will provide a mix of housing, with 120 private homes and 80 shared ownership properties set to be built. The start of these works was recently marked with a time capsule burial alongside members of the local community to celebrate the past, present and future of the historic Daedalus site
As with all of its projects, Wates Residential has committed to delivering a lasting legacy for the Gosport community through investment in education, training, skills and local facilities. The Wates Giving grants provide a positive additional boost for this activity.
A cheque presentation took place at the charitable organisations’ co-located offices at Martin Snape House, Pavilion Way to celebrate their valuable work within the local community.
Grants awarded include £4,828 for the Gosport Voluntary Action (GVA) to enable it to continue running its Supported Volunteering Project. This provides additional support for isolated individuals to become more active and engaged members of the local community by developing their confidence, skills and ability to play their part in a social action volunteering team.
GVA currently organises a number of volunteering events throughout the year including beach clear ups, foodbank assistance and serving cream teas in local sheltered housing accommodation. At least 25 volunteers with a range of support needs including physical disabilities, mental health problems and ex-offenders will be able to take part in planning and delivering at least eight activities in 2019 as a result of the grant.
Meanwhile, Age Concern Gosport – a small, independent community-based charity offering a friendly information service staffed by local volunteers to aid older people (55+) in completing forms to assist them in accessing life-changing allowances and/or local services – has been awarded £13,500.
The funding will help the charity to extend its programme of activities and outreach for a further two years, including hosting form filling and information sessions in addition to delivering free service awareness briefings to local organisations.
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential, said:
“Through our presence at the recently launched historic Daedalus Village site, we have really started to get to know the local community and have seen first-hand the excellent work that facilities including Gosport Voluntary Action and Age Concern Gosport have been doing.
We are both pleased and proud to have been able to nominate these projects for grant funding and make the case for the community as part of our commitment to delivering a lasting legacy for the local residents and wider Gosport area. We look forward to seeing the benefits they will deliver for local people.”
Nicky Staveley, Chief Officer at Gosport Voluntary Action, said:
“I was thrilled to hear the news of Wates’ generous sponsorship for two very worthwhile community projects. Not only will it enable both groups to deliver innovative and much needed support to some of Gosport’s most disadvantaged residents but it also marks the beginning of an exciting new partnership.
GVA also recently brokered a Wates Residential volunteering opportunity to support a Christmas party at Seafield Community Centre in December and we hope that this is just the beginning of many good things to come”
Angela Gill, Chair of Trustees, Age Concern Gosport, said:
“We are delighted that Wates Residential has recognised the significant difference Age Concern Gosport is making to the local community by deciding to support our Wates Giving grant application. We look forward to working in partnership with their team to enable more local people to gain access to the allowances and local services in place that will enrich their lives.”