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17th December 2018

KENWOOD COMMUNITY FUND AWARDS £25,000 BOOST TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF NUTRITION IN FAREHAM, GOSPORT, HAVANT AND PORTSMOUTH

The Kenwood Community Fund which rewards local community projects addressing the challenges of health, nutrition and wellbeing has awarded £25,000 in grants to five charitable organisations in South Hampshire, through a grant programme administered by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).

The five groups receiving grants in this round of funding are: Family Autistic Spectrum Support based in Fareham, Gosport and Fareham MS Society, Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Club, Havant Live at Home Club, and Off The Record (South East Hampshire) based in Havant.

Cookery Lessons at FASS

Family Autistic Spectrum Support (FASS) work with over 200 families with children with autism or related issues in Fareham and the surrounding area. Children on the autistic spectrum can often find it difficult to join in mainstream activities and FASS offer an opportunity to play just like other children with their families, in environments where they can feel safe, secure and which are non-judgemental and stress-free.

A grant of £7,026 will enable FASS to teach cookery and healthy eating across two age groups: children aged 5-12 and young people aged 12-25. Children with autism can experience multiple issues with eating, smelling and touching foods and so the project aims to increase confidence and awareness of food, providing 13 sessions for each age group, accommodating eight participants per session.

Edward Davis-Hofbauer, Chairman of FASS commented “We would like to thank the Kenwood Community Fund for supporting our cookery project, enabling us to assist a total of 208 children and young people to have fun and learn about food and baking. The groups will be taught about healthy foods and how to prepare them and explore kitchen safety, food hygiene, and the‘5 a day’ initiative. In addition, the older group will investigate budgeting, planning weekly menus, creating a shopping list of ingredients and understanding food labelling in order to make informed choices. In previous baking sessions some children who have been unable to touch certain foods or textures have been able to do so for the first time, while it is sometimes difficult for children to learn how to cook in a safe environment because of the stress of living with a disability and so the cookery sessions will benefit the whole family, enabling them to learn new skills and eat a healthy and balanced diet.”

Cooking Lesson at FASS

Grant Cornwell, Chief Executive at HIWCF said “We are delighted to be working with the Kenwood Community Fund, which is supporting some truly deserving groups in the area, providing invaluable assistance to those in need. HIWCF is committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people across Hampshire and is pleased to act on behalf of local companies, helping them to fulfil their corporate social responsibilities.”

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Photographs courtesy of FASS.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Contact details for Editor:

Name:                           Lucy Sweet, Marketing Manager, HIWCF

Direct Dial:                    (01256) 776116

Email:                           lucy@hiwcf.com           

About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at grantsadmin@hiwcf.com

Contact details for Kenwood Community Fund:

Main Contact: Helen Feeney      

Title: Kenwood Legal Manager

Organisation: Kenwood

Telephone: 023 9239 2658
Email: helen.feeney@delonghigroup.com          

About UK Community Foundations (UKCF)
UKCF is the membership organisation for Community Foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes.  Community Foundations operate to ensure any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation is effective and brings greatest benefit to those in need in our local communities.  In 2017, Community Foundations made over 20,000 grants, distributing over £77 million to local causes. Community Foundations’ total managed endowment stood at £580 million in 2018.  We represent 46 quality accredited community foundation members across the UK. Our Quality Accreditation process is endorsed by the Charity Commission and uses standards consistent with the Charity Commission’s Hallmarks of an Effective Charity, with robust, transparent and fair assessment processes. Achieving Quality Accreditation demonstrates that community foundations are serious about quality and accountability. www.ukcommunityfoundations.org