Reach Community Projects wins Suffolk vote
Haverhill based Reach Community Projects has been named the winner of the inaugural Hopkins Homes Suffolk Charity of the Year public vote and will receive the top donation of £7,000.
The campaign received more than 2,300 votes from Suffolk residents who chose their favourite charity from a shortlist of seven. A £10,000 donation from Hopkins Homes will be shared between the three charities receiving the most votes. The vote is part of the £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund launched last year. The fund will see the developer donate half a million pounds to charities and causes throughout Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire over the next five years.
Reach Community Projects aims to tackle poverty in and around Haverhill, providing practical and emotional support to those struggling with debt, low income, homelessness or housing problems.
The charity has recently embarked on an ambitious refurbishment project to provide more meeting rooms at its Resource Centre off Gloucester Road. The £7000 donation will be spent on furthering this project.
IHAG and the Halesworth Volunteer Centre came second and third in the vote and will receive donations of £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Additionally, Hopkins Homes will donate £250 to each of the four remaining charities in support of the excellent work they carry out across the region – Access Community Trust, Bury Women’s Refuge, 4YP and Bury Drop In.
Henry Wilson, Projects Director at Reach Community Projects said: “We are over the moon to win the public vote, the other shortlisted charities do great work locally too so we were very touched by the support people gave to us. The Resource Centre is a vital tool in the fight against poverty in our area and the £7,000 will make a significant difference to our refurbishment project, in turn enabling us to assist more local people. Through the Resource Centre we are able to offer a range of services including money advice, a foodbank, starter packs and client aid which provides essential items to those in need.
“We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for including us in the vote and we very much enjoyed the opportunity to further raise awareness of our work in the area.”
Joshua Hopkins, Land Buyer at Hopkins Homes said: “It’s an honour to present the cheque to the top three charities. There was a fantastic level of local engagement with the vote. All seven of the shortlisted charities offer support and assistance to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents and we are proud that our donations will help them to continue the superb work they do across Suffolk.
“Hopkins Homes is committed to building strong communities as well as providing much needed new homes across the region, we hope that the charities continue to thrive and we look forward to hearing more about the work they do.”
The shortlist for the vote was compiled with support from the Suffolk Community Foundation. Stephen Singleton, Chief Executive, Suffolk Community Foundation said: “As our partnership with Hopkins Homes continues to evolve it has been wonderful to play our part in this latest innovation in their grant making. The end result has been twofold, to see some incredible important local organisations receive the funding they so desperately need, but also through the storytelling surrounding this project both in print and online, to raise awareness about the need here in Suffolk and the important work of our Voluntary Sector as a whole.”
Suffolk charity vote shortlist
Access Community Trust works with local communities to provide housing, health, wellbeing, education and employment.
Visit the Access Community Trust website: www.accessct.org
Ipswich Housing Action Group Ltd (IHAG) is a local charity which aims to help homeless people in the Ipswich area, primarily those who are non-statutory homeless.
Visit the IHAG website: www.ihag.co.uk
The purpose of Reach is to tackle poverty in and around Haverhill. Based at The Resource Centre, Reach run a number of projects and activities to uncover and resolve the root of the issues our clients are experiencing.
Visit the REACH website: www.reachhaverhill.org.uk
Halesworth Volunteer Centre is a registered charity which recruits volunteers for activities in Suffolk. Examples of activities where we place volunteers include a community car service, befriending service, dog walking and gardening.
Visit the Halesworth Volunteer Centre website: www.halesworthvc.co.uk
4YP aims to provide and co-ordinate services that improve the social, emotional and physical health and wellbeing of young people aged 12-25 living in Suffolk.. Through advice, guidance, and practical support they help young people develop the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthier, happier, safer, more resilient lifestyles and to make more informed choices that enable them to reach their potential.
Visit The 4YP website: www.4yp.org.uk
Bury Drop In is a charity working with homeless people and those with housing needs in Bury St Edmunds, seeking to prevent homelessness and alleviate poverty.
Visit the Bury Drop In website:
Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre was established in 1974 to provide safety and support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. Their 23-bed refuge allows women and their children to recover from the traumatic effects of domestic violence and to support them in making informed choices.
Visit the Bury Women's Aid website: www.burystedmundswomensaid.org.uk