We’ve awarded two more charitable grants

28 September 2021 • Community

We have given two more grants to local charities as part of our Community Fund that uses money from dormant accounts.

We’ve awarded £5,000 to WinterComfort, a support centre that provides vital aid to homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Cambridge.

They will put it towards the costs of employing an additional Women's Project Worker for its women-only service.

Disability Huntingdonshire (DISH) provides advice and support for older people and those with disabilities and we’ve given them a grant of £3,380 to raise awareness in the community of the Attendance Allowance benefits available to them.

These allowances are most often spent on things that allow people to remain independent and thrive in their homes, but frequently go unclaimed through lack of awareness.

We award these grants through The Cambridge Building Society Community Fund, which contains around £500,000 from accounts that have been dormant for many years and whose owners are untraceable. Our fund is administered through the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, which supports local community projects.

We launched our fund specifically to support local voluntary and community groups with a connection to homes or housing.

“We’re delighted to award these grants to two local charities that provide much-needed support to enable people to have a safe and appropriate home or shelter,” said Peter Burrows, Chief Executive of The Cambridge.

“It has been a particularly difficult couple of years for charities and the vulnerable people they support, so there has never been a better time to ask for help.

“We hope our local communities realise that we’re not just about savings and mortgages, and that improving access to homes is fundamental to our existence - after all we have been in business for more than 170 years because of those communities.”

WinterComfort's, CEO, Sarah Halls, said: “This grant means we can go ahead with recruiting an additional Women’s Project Worker, and help many more women who are homeless and vulnerably-housed, like those experiencing domestic or sexual abuse.

“These women need a more bespoke, personal approach. A dedicated support worker is absolutely essential, so we’re delighted to have received this funding.”

DISH CEO, Tracy Hyland, said: “We need to promote that we can help people and that our service is free, which this grant will enable us to do. We‘re thrilled with the opportunities this grant gives us to continue our work and would encourage other local charities to apply.”

Applications opened in August to award between £2,500 and £10,000 for the next round of grants, which will be decided at the end of the year.

Find out more about Making The Difference and our community fund.