More than 60 community projects funded

Charities and community groups across the Wessex Water region have been awarded grants to improve the lives of local people.

The Wessex Water Foundation Community Fund, now in its third year, provides funding of up to £3,000 through partnerships with the Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Quartet Community Foundations.

More than £175,000 has been distributed to support a variety of initiatives, including:

  • Love Glastonbury: A new community fridge and pantry for the Somerset-based charity.
  • Boomsatsuma Creative CIC: Practical support and activities for young people in the South Ward area of Weston-super-Mare.
  • Crosspoint: Charity providing a quality-assured debt advice service for people in Westbury, Wiltshire.
  • Thorncombe Village Shop: Support for volunteers and food for community lunches in the Dorset village.

Wiltshire Community Foundation joint chief executive Fiona Oliver said the partnership with Wessex Water is an important source of funding for groups.

She said: "Thanks to Wessex Water’s generous support and our knowledge of Wiltshire’s voluntary sector, we can ensure this funding goes to support work that is making a huge difference in communities where people are really struggling.”

Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s head of community engagement, said: “This year more than ever Wessex Water is pleased to be able to work in partnership with the Community Foundations to support key local organisations that help people facing difficulties in life, providing safe places and a warm welcome for communities where people are really struggling.”

The Wessex Water Foundation will reopen its Environment Fund applications in May. Visit our Wessex Water Foundation area for further information.