The Princess Project, Maidstone, Kent
Social isolation amongst mothers is a huge problem. 2018 research conducted by the Red Cross found that 82% of mothers under 30 felt lonely some of the time, and 43% felt lonely often or always. Families who live on the Isle of Sheppey have limited services available to them locally, increasing the risk of isolation and loneliness. At the same time, the financial pressure on families is growing.
£5,400 from Benefact Trust will help The Princess Project to open a Mums’ Hub and baby bank on the Isle of Sheppey, providing an inclusive space for mums to visit to find support and community.
Building Improvement Grants
The Church of St Mary, South Ruislip, London
St Mary’s South Ruislip is a striking grade II listed church in the London Borough of Hillingdon. St Mary’s has an active congregation and provides a wide range of opportunities for the diverse local community. However, asbestos contamination has prevented the community from using the church for the past four years as the building has been deemed unsafe.
A grant of £8,100 will enable the church to remove the asbestos and reopen for worship and community use.
All Saints' Church, Darton, South Yorkshire
All Saints’ Church is a beautiful, early 16th Century building which has been largely unaltered for over 500 years. The church has a lot to offer its community, but currently the space is not fit for purpose.
A £3,900 Building Improvement Grant will help to restore the heritage of this medieval church and make it fully accessible for the congregation and wider community.