Before the Christmas break, we introduced our Christmas Small Grants Scheme to lend a helping hand to local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations over the festive period.
We awarded a total of £34,100 to 20 local VCFSE’s. Grants varied from £200 to £3000, dependent on the size of the project, and covered the costs associated with food such as hampers, lunch clubs and Christmas meals.
The projects and activities benefited the people of Knowsley, including families who may be struggling, people living on their own, young people and school children.
Priority was given projects and activities that are operating in neighbourhoods where we have the most homes.
Here’s how our support helped to spread a little festive cheer…
Other activities we funded included:
- Friends of Molyneux Drive Woodland & Forestry Space created a ‘Winter Wonderland’ in Prescot and Whiston on 23 December where selection boxes, hot drinks and treats were handed out
- Active Foundation ran holiday camps from three primary schools across the borough. These included a food workshop and the provision of 160 hampers to support children and their families.
- Southdene Community Association provided a three-course Christmas meal on Christmas Day for 47 of our customers who were either isolated or financially struggling to hold their own Christmas
- Northwood Together, Halewood Youth in Community Centre and Home Start Knowsley provided food hampers to young people or disadvantaged families
- ME 2U in Kirkby brought the community together each week in December for a warm meal and a place to socialise
- Centre 63, Swanside Community Centre and Plan B all hosted their own Christmas dinner parties.
“Christmas can be a really challenging time of year as people try and juggle time and money to do their best for their families. For some, the cost-of-living crisis will have made it even more difficult, and we wanted to offer our support where we could.
Our customers and communities are our priority, and we hope that we helped to make things a little easier over the festive period.”