C2C’s grant scheme for community groups

Archive for June, 2013

C2C’s grant scheme for community groups

Monday, June 10th, 2013

I recently met up with c2c Chief Executive Julian Drury and staff at Barking Station to promote c2c’s Community Champion’s grant scheme alongside the National Express Foundation’s funding for community groups.

I’m always pleased to support the work that c2c do with local community groups. I would encourage as many people as possible to start applying. And I’d be delighted to hear from people if they know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the local community.

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C2c’s annual Community Champion competition invites nominations from the community who undertake exceptional voluntary work. The winner will be awarded with a free c2c season ticket, plus £5,000 for their charity or community group.

Full details can be found on c2c’s website at www.c2c-online.co.uk/about_us/press_centre/latest_news/community_champion

C2c’s charity arm, the National Express Foundation, is currently open for applications and offers grants of either £5,000 or £10,000 to community groups which line the c2c route to London and south Essex. A total pot of £100,000 is available. The focus of the grants is for projects which provide positive activities for young people in deprived areas.

c2c’s first Community Champion in 2012 was Louis Olusina, founder of the Barking youth group Charis Project, who used the grant to take 30 young people on a four-day residential outdoors course teaching life skills.

Local groups are encouraged to apply to: www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation

Volunteers’ Week

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

I marked Volunteers’ Week this year by presenting certificates to volunteers who have provided sterling support to DABD(UK). Run by Lesley Hawes, the chief executive, DABD(UK) is long-established in the borough and provides a wealth of advice on welfare benefits as well as training opportunities for people trying to get back into work.

Volunteers at DABD(UK) were invited for lunch at the Brewer’s Fayre Inn in Dagenham which opened earlier this year.

All award winners

DABD(UK) is a vital voluntary sector organisation. I have known Lesley Hawes and DABD(UK)’s work since I first became an MP nearly 20 years ago.

I was delighted to present the Henry Cooper Award to Bobby Bevan & Pam Springford who together have volunteered for DABD(UK) for 20 years. That’s a fantastic achievement! Henry Cooper was a very well known and much-loved personality who had a long association with DABD(UK). It was a pleasure to meet his widow, Anne Cooper.

I also presented the Innovative Volunteering Award to Susanna Wallace, Volunteer Coordinator for Growing Communities Starting Farm and a special certificate to Premier Inn & Brewer Fayre’s Stroma Hearn (Operations Manager), Rachel Bull (Deputy Manager), Jo McDiarmid (General Manager) & Ricky Quinlon (Regional Manager) as a thank you for the voluntary help their staff gave DABD(UK) with redecorating theirValence Wood Road Branch.