Here at kinex, we love nothing more than helping organisations who aim to improve the quality of lives of the people in their communities. We are fortunate to be able to do this every month through our Community Support Scheme grants.
Recently, we have had the honour of helping the Golden Lion Children’s Trust with transport for day trips for disadvantaged families, a Birmingham Scout Group in restarting their camps and the Yorkley Community Centre with starting their first baby and toddler group to help their four local villages. This month, kinex wanted to play its part in helping a Yorkshire charity founded in Bradford, The Sandale Community Development Trust.
The Sandale Trust, a community-based charity established in 2013 in Buttershaw, aims to create a friendly and safe space for the residents of the local communities of Woodside and Buttershaw by providing open and accessible community events and opportunities.
With its open space facilities and services, members of these local communities are invited to access support and information from the charity through their many projects such as the youth club, adult employment scheme, befriending scheme and social activities for the elderly, and community development. The tireless charity also strives to promote education, training, or work experience for unemployed people, to promote public safety and prevention of crime, and improve public amenities.
The charity is recognised as the driving force to empower local people to make positive changes to their communities and improve the overall quality of life. The latest kinex Community Support grant of £500 went to the charity for their Older People’s Friendship Group which we loved the sound of.
The group provides lunches and activities for the more vulnerable and isolated members of the community, namely elderly. These members, who otherwise have very few people to talk to, are able to socialise and partake in group activities in this safe environment. The funding helped by improving the resources available for the friendship group as the charity was able to buy materials for arts and crafts sessions, and equipment for afternoon tea, among other items.
On the donation, project lead Tom Hughes said:
“The Sandale Team can’t thank the kinex Community Support Scheme enough for their generous £500 donation toward activities for older people at our Community Hub in Bradford.
Isolation and loneliness have such a massive effect on people’s wellbeing, and older people can be hit especially hard, particularly if health and other issues make getting out of the house and being active with others a challenge.
This donation will allow our group to buy new equipment and resources for a whole range of new user-led activities including arts and crafts, reminiscence sessions, music and more, giving older residents more opportunities to escape loneliness, gaining new friends and making new memories.”
On the grant to the charity, PR and Content Manager Molly Chong said:
“We were excited to hear about the Sandale Trust and their amazing efforts to the local and surrounding communities.
We look to support organisations such as the Sandale Trust through our kinex Community Support Scheme as we believe in giving back to the community and helping organisations that provide great services to improve the quality of life for their local people.
The work being carried out here to improve people’s wellbeing is invaluable and we feel very lucky to have been able to help the Sandale Trust”.
The kinex Community Support Scheme allocates grants from £100-£500 each and every month to support worthwhile causes like this. Do you know an organisation or charity that could benefit from some extra funding? Visit https://kinex.co.uk/community-support to apply or for more information, or email email@example.com.