A CASH grant to help families in some of the most deprived areas of Redditch has been received by Winyates-based Community Interest Company REACH.
The £1,000 donation comes courtesy of Studley-based Persimmon Homes South Midlands as part of their nationwide Community Champions scheme.
REACH CIC is located at The Space in Winyates Centre and acts as a support system for many families, working to reduce the perceptions of anti-social behaviour, improve health and well-being of residents, improve skills and confidence and look to increase wider community involvement.
The group were awarded the money as part of the Persimmon Community Champions programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.
Rachel Ind, children and families co-ordinator at REACH CIC, said: “Many of the families who are supported by us are living in poverty, are unemployed, are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, have mental health issues, have experienced a family breakdown or ill-health and disability.
“This money is so welcome as it means we can work with families to address issues like these.
“It’s also nice to work with a local business and it would be good if other local companies could come forward so we could work in partnership with them.”
This grant will help pay for a new parent group with a weekly coffee afternoon with guest speakers and provide activities for children such as weekly story song and rhyme sessions and messy play sessions.
Carol Selway from Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said: “REACH CIC have developed long-lasting relationships with local families and are often the first port of call when a crisis occurs.
“We always look to support the communities so we’re thrilled to be donating to such a worthy charity.”
For more information and to apply for funding visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.