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Clarion supports local West Ealing people with grant funding

Housing association giant, Clarion Housing Group has awarded £71,400 in funding to eight organisations supporting residents living in West Ealing. 

Clarion’s West Ealing community grants programme was set up in 2021 by the housing association to support people local to the regeneration of Sherwood Close. Currently in its final phase, the development will offer 362 homes with two thirds of them being affordable.

The grants programme, which is managed by Clarion Futures in partnership with fellow housing association A2 Dominion, allows local organisations to apply for funding for projects with a focus around providing opportunities for young people, support for families or engagement with older people.

Winners of its latest round of funding will support eight organisations with a number of projects including helping locals with mental health issues, food poverty and lack of opportunities for young people.

The organisations that have received funding include The Felix Project which distribute surplus food to those in need locally, Miindful Ballers CIC and the Young Ealing Foundation who will provide peer leadership, social action and mentoring opportunities for young people.

Mahaba Cafe currently hosted in the Ealing Project in Ealing Broadway provides training and work experience placements to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The grant will contribute towards the cost of employing a cafe manager to support young residents through their placements and into work.

Other funding given includes a grant to The Store Cupboard – a not-for-profit affordable food project with a shop located on Broadway in West Ealing. Members are referred by agencies throughout Ealing and pay a £3.50 weekly membership fee which enables them to choose from a wide variety food. The  funding will contribute to staffing costs to manage the project.

Ealing Mencap and the West London Equality Centre have both received funding for projects providing advice and support to local people.

Nucleus Community Action will get support for its community hub at The Lido Centre to offer new advice sessions with specialists on hand covering areas including housing, debt and income and digital skills.

Matt Parsonage, head of communities at Clarion Futures said: “Through our regeneration of Sherwood Close, we’re not only building new affordable homes but also investing £1m in the community, helping to improve local spaces and provide opportunities for local people.”

Mr Parsonage added: “Working with like-minded partners means we can make a bigger difference for our residents and communities, so we’re delighted to be supporting these eight organisations which are doing fantastic work in West Ealing in addition to the new jobs and training support on offer to local people.”

Councillor Polly Knewstub, Ealing Council cabinet member for Thriving Communities said: “It’s great to see Clarion investing in West Ealing through this grants programme with the recipients including all sorts of organisations that provide support for local people. From help with putting healthy and nutritious meals on the table to providing opportunities for young residents, the recipients of these grants are doing such important work in these challenging times, and thanks to this additional funding they’ll be able to do so much more.”

Sharon Averill, a director of The Store Cupboard commented: “We know that things are tough at the moment as the cost of living continues to bite, and projects like ours can help people make ends meet and put healthy low-cost meals on the table. The support of organisations like Clarion Futures is so important for us as it means we can reach even more local people and we’re so grateful to have them on our team.”

To find out more or suggest a project to support, click here.

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