Northampton Community Foundation donate £300 to Eden Park
2017 - May, Latest news
Northampton Community Foundation (NCF) has generously donated £300 to Eden Park, after raising £836.25 from an event they held for International Women’s Day in March.
Based in Northamptonshire, NCF deliver a variety of funding for the local voluntary and community sector awarding grants of over £1 million annually. The Foundation is dedicated to funding community-based action which improves the lives of the most disadvantaged people and communities.
Donations raised at the event were raised for women’s projects in Northamptonshire. NCF decided to share this between three groups and kindly chose Eden Park! A cheque for £278.75 was posted out along with goodie bags last month.
For those that do not know, Eden Park is a supported housing scheme for young families and single mothers, based in Corby. Running for over 10 years, the scheme provides support and accommodation for women and children between 16-24.
They currently have 13 families in place and typically they tend to stay for a maximum of 2 years. Colleagues support families throughout their journey at Eden Park, developing life skills, helping them even after they have moved on to a new home.
The Team support young families on a daily basis providing weekly sessions, liaising with local authorities and prepare those for the next step in to their new home. The customers are given guidance on saving a deposit, purchasing basic essentials and also receive white goods for their new home.
In total Eden Park has helped over 200 families altogether with not only accommodation but also support with domestic violence, court support, child protection cases and more.
NCF and Eden Park work together on a regular basis, keeping colleagues up to date with events and small grants to apply for such as the Winter Provision Fund. Through this fund Eden Park were able to offer storage heaters, heated blankets as well as attend a breakfast club in Northampton, bringing families together to get ready for school, promote healthy eating and so on.
When asked why she thought NCF chose Eden Park, Project Manager Zoe Hall said “Eden Park empowers women from refuge, domestic violence and we are strong advocates of the Freedom Programme”.
It was a really lovely surprise and was so unexpected! The staff are overwhelmed that the foundation still think about us and consider us for opportunities like this, we are exceptionally grateful for the donation. Acknowledging the work we do and the outcomes we achieve - a massive thank you for their continued support and highlighting our project to support social and vulnerable families.
Colleagues are planning to use the donation for a vegetable patch in the communal garden so children can get their hands dirty this summer and have fun gardening.
For further details about NCF and the work they do you can visit their website by clicking here.