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Voluntary groups across the South Coast granted over £46,000 to reduce poverty impact

Monty’s Community Hub in Southampton gained funding to provide safe spaces for young people to attend a homework club. Photo credited to HIWCF.

More than £46,000 worth of funding has been awarded to 11 South Coast community groups, helping to tackle child poverty.

It is part of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation's (HIWCF) 'Better Start Fund'.

The scheme aims to ease the pressure on low-income families in various ways.

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive at HIWCF said: 

“We are committed to tackling child poverty and are always looking for new ways to support households and families in financial hardship, as we believe that children and young people should not have their life opportunities limited by poverty.

Southampton Sight has received a grant of £5,000 to develop its youth services. Photo credited to HIWCF.

"These grants from the Better Start Fund enable us to support a range of truly vital projects run by deserving local charities and community groups, working extremely hard to make a fundamental difference to the lives of local families."

For example, Portsmouth's John Pounds Community Trust will use their grant to provide free breakfast and lunch at their school-holiday camps for 120 children in Portsea.

The winners are listed below:



Grant Amount


 Longoak Pre-school






 Home-Start Hampshire



 John Pounds Community Trust



 Southampton Sight



 Creative Options Community Project



 Re Minds



 Weston Church Youth Project



 Monty's Community Hub



 Rainbow Project



 Carroll Centre




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