£25,428 distributed to local organisations in York through The Belfrey Small Grants Fund

The Belfrey Small Grants Panel met just before summer and funded 13 charitable community groups to enable them to support people across the City of York. In this first round they distributed £25,428 and will meet later in the year to distribute a further £24,572.

The fund is part of The Belfrey’s Love York Post-Pandemic Fund and prioritises small organisations that make a big difference in their community. Grants will help improve mental health, support young people and family life and to reduce poverty.

Alison Dawson, Social Action Programme Manager at The Belfrey, says

“As a Church of England resource church, we are always looking for ways we can make a difference in our city and region. We are delighted to be able to support these organisations through our Post Pandemic Fund, recognising the valuable work that they do for the people of York.”

The pandemic had a serious impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people. Many were affected by increased feelings of loneliness and isolation. York Women’s Counselling Service was awarded £2,000 to cover the costs of 200 hours of counselling for women. This service is much needed, making counselling accessible to those who require support and have complex needs.  St Thomas’ Church was awarded £1,815 to run a weekly creative café for 10 weeks. These sessions will be aimed at bringing the community together and give people a chance to express themselves through art.

The pandemic and now cost-of-living crisis means many people are struggling financially. The school holidays have a big impact on family finances and Tang Hall Community Centre recognised this. £1,800 was awarded to provide weekly food parcels for families to ensure no child will go hungry. Older Citizens Advocacy were awarded £2,000 to support people access the benefits they are entitled to.

Young People and families play an important role in society, it is important to continue to inspire them and build their confidence. Big Futures Foundation plan to do this through running family activity groups with the £2,000 they received from the fund. York Inspirational Kids works with children with autism, and they have received £2,000 to run cooking and craft activities – aimed at increasing social networks and skills development.

A full list of grants awarded follows with all groups passionate about providing a lifeline of activity and support to local residents.

The Belfrey Small Grants Fund is open.

Groups awarded Funding in Round 1