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Community investment helps projects thrive


Published by Sarah Thomas for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Communities

A community allotment, school playground and debt advice service have been given a cash boost totalling almost £60,000 thanks to Thrive Homes.

The Hertfordshire housing association has approved funding bids from the projects in the latest round of hand-outs from its Community Grant scheme.

South Oxhey-based charity ASCEND has been awarded £10,000 for 2012/13 and £10,000 for 2013/14 to help fund the Dig Deep Allotment Project, which it runs with local not-for-profit company Farming for All.

The community allotment, now in its third year, offers volunteering, training and personal development opportunities to people of all ages, including local schoolchildren.

Thrive Homes has previously supported the project, including helping pay for a water supply to be piped to the site off Kilmarnock Road. Volunteers, clients and sponsors gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the supply being switched on.

Project Director Christine Wyard, from ASCEND, said: “Without this latest grant from Thrive Homes, we wouldn’t be able to open the allotment to the community as we do – it is a lifeline for us.”

Warren Dell School, in South Oxhey, has received a £7,164 Community Grant from Thrive Homes to pay for playground improvements, including a new multi-sports court which will be used by pupils and by children attending holiday clubs at local charity The Centre.

Headteacher Jenny Morley said: “We are very grateful for Thrive Homes’ support. The new play equipment will help encourage healthy lifestyles and social interaction among pupils and other children within the local community.”

Thrive Homes has also awarded a £12,000 grant to Three Rivers Citizens Advice Bureau to help fund the running of its debt advice service in 2013/14.

CAB District Manager Marion Seneschall said: “This grant is invaluable – it enables us to maintain a full-time debt advice service and will allow us to hold budgeting courses to help prevent people getting into debt in the first place.

“In the past year, we have handled over £15 million worth of debt in the Three Rivers community alone, which shows how much this service is needed.”

Thrive Homes’ Community Grant scheme supports local agencies and projects that make a positive difference to local neighbourhoods. Funding totalling £70,000 was made available in 2011/12, more than double that awarded in the previous year.

Sean Hughes, Head of Policy and Communications at Thrive Homes, said: “Since our Community Grant scheme commenced in 2010 we have provided over £100,000 in funding to a variety of vital local projects.

“It is a great pleasure to work with the many inspirational and hardworking teams in our local area who are making a real difference in our communities.”

To apply for funding or to find out more about the Community Grant scheme, call the Policy and Communications Team on 0800 917 6077 or 020 8428 4428 or visit


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