The donation was made as part of the Peterborough-based housebuilder’s monthly Community Fund scheme, which aims to support the local community.
The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation manages a grant-application process for charities across Cambridgeshire, with a diverse portfolio of available funds. The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund has helped many projects in Peterborough through all three lockdowns, with a focus on disenfranchised and vulnerable members of society affected by isolation and unemployment caused by Covid-19.
Just some of the local projects to receive funding include:
- Families First Peterborough CIC, who were awarded £4,990 to deliver food, toiletries and children's activity sources to the homes of 75 young people who are care leavers
- Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA) received £4,918 to provide support for 1,080 vulnerable and isolated people in local older, BME, asylum seeker and refugee communities
- Peterborough Lithuanian Community received £3,000 to support 300 older and vulnerable people in the Lithuanian community
- Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough were awarded £5,000 to continue to support isolated, older people with advice, shopping deliveries and other essential services
- Paston Farm Community Foundation received £2,139 to run online sessions (art, reading, chat) for 9 weeks for people suffering with anxiety/loneliness, and provide practical support to alleviate issues arising from mental health and financial issues.
Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive of the Cambridge Community Foundation, said: "Thank you very much to Barratt and David Wilson Homes for their donation. This will support CCF’s work across their coronavirus support, tackling homelessness, mental health issues, loss of work and disability as well as our ongoing environmental projects.
"The first three or four months of the pandemic saw grants going mostly towards community groups and vulnerable people. These would be organisations or charities devoted to getting support and company to these people. We would help small charities to pay their expenses and buy food for those in poverty stricken areas.
"Now we are trying to help charities adapt for the longer term as well as dealing with the longer-term problems such as unemployment."
Adam Knight, managing director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire said: "Our Community Fund initiative is designed not just to support a single charity or to help buy an individual piece of equipment, but to benefit our community overall.
"This is why we have selected the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation for their excellent work in highlighting key areas that will help our community the most. They aim to distribute the donation in a way that benefits a range of charities and they work very closely with our community to manage this financial support well.
"We are proud to work with the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to ensure that during such a difficult year, support will be given to those who need it most."
Michael added: "We have a strong network of charities across the county. Sometimes these are scouted out, sometimes it’s word of mouth. The idea for us is to keep the support local, when we receive a donation from a particular company they can know that their donation is funding something very local and tackling serious problems right on our doorstep."