Volunteer and client at Compaid day centre

Our recent charity visits

13 June, 2018

We’ve recently been out and about visiting a number of charities that we support through our grants programme. It’s always great to meet with grantees to talk to them about their work, their successes and often their challenges first hand, and to see their work in action.

We remain committed to the mission of our grants programme which is to provide core, unrestricted funding, with grantees reporting that this represents confidence and trust in what they do.

Many of the charities we support make a huge impact to their communities, addressing the needs of local people. This is the case with Compaid which runs a centre for adults and children with disabilities as well as accessible transport across Kent and Medway, and into East Sussex.

Another example is the Cogwheel Trust, which offers affordable counselling and psychotherapy support for people in Cambridgeshire – and which this year is celebrating its 30th Anniversary!

Trees for Life is an environmentally focused charity working to protect and restore the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. Central to their objectives however is to engage the local community, something which they encourage through conservation volunteering as well as running a training programme for local youths.

We also support a number of national charities whose missions and work we believe in. Listening Books for example provides audio-books to those who cannot read or physically hold a book due to illness, disability, learning or mental health difficulties. Quaker Social Action have been at the forefront of enabling people on low incomes to seek solutions to the issues affecting their lives.

We have supported some of these organisations for as long as 20 years and are pleased to follow their journeys over the years.

If you are interested in finding out more about our programme take a look at our Grants page.