Community Investment team continue to support customers

Our Community Investment team continue to roll out support and training to customers and local organisations.

We’re delivering online training and support for customers, so you can continue to move towards your employment goals or support the volunteering effort. This has included adult and child safeguarding training and Microsoft Office sessions.

Our Youth Participation Officer continues to support vulnerable young people and their families, ranging from discussing the impact of school closures and what this means for exams to helping families worried about getting food and how they can access information and support online about a range of issues from bullying to fun games and activities.

With so many foodbanks needing support, we’ve continued to offer this in different ways – from co-ordinating the delivery of e-vouchers and supporting the Fareshare projects, to collecting and transporting 20 palettes to the MK foodbank.

The team have also supported other local charities and projects, including donating foil trays to a food project in Central Bedfordshire who are cooking meals for vulnerable people/families – at low costs, and alongside Emmaus, we’ve also donated furniture, mattresses, camps beds, sleeping bags and cooking utensils to East Northants District Council in their support to move homeless people more quickly into accommodation.

We have also supported Rush2TheDen in Rushden, with their efforts to get their latest batch of 200 children’s activity packs created (within social distancing guidelines). The bi-monthly packs are printed, put together and delivered to Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Raunds, Irthlingborough children and so far, have all been delivered by bike. From next week we will be supporting their delivery along with the pack creation.

We’re also staying in touch with our involved customers, setting up regular sessions with them and their most recent piece of scrutiny work is being used as part of our current Voids Project Review.

Please remember we also offer grants of up to £500 available for local organisations, events or projects that will benefit our customers, as well as the neighbourhoods and communities we operate within.  If you’re interested in Grants4YourCommunity please contact us and complete the application form here: https://www.guhg.co.uk/support/grants-4-community/

If you would benefit from any support from the team or would like to become an involved customer, please get in touch. Email communityinvestment@guhg.co.uk, use the web chat function on our website, or call us on 0300 123 5544.