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Hampshire County Council gives grants to Priestlands School, Fareshare Southern Central, Single Parents Support and Advice Services, Ringwood Foodbank and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Safety Service

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A NEW Forest school, food banks and a fire charity are among organisations awarded grants totalling £197,000 from Hampshire County Council.

The council's connect4communities programme supports vulnerable households with food, utilities and other essentials. Funding is provided to local authorities by the Department for Work and Pensions household support fund.

In total the council pledged to support 13 local organisations.

Ringwood Foodbank received £5,000
Ringwood Foodbank received £5,000

Priestlands School in Lymington was awarded £200 to support a pupil currently living in a refuge who is in need of shoes, clothing and basic essentials.

Fareshare Southern Central, based in Totton, received £24,000. The grant will help fund the first six months of the operational costs of a mobile larder serving Ashley, Hythe, Blackfield, Bransgore, Ringwood, Fordingbridge, Pennington and Calshot.

It is expected to cater for an average of 200 customers per week.

The Single Parents Support and Advice Services (SPSAS), based in Hythe, received £5,000.

This will help the charity to provide up to 100 vulnerable families with a care parcel of food sufficient for a week, as well as utility vouchers and essential hygiene products.

Ringwood Foodbank received £5,000 which will contribute to six months’ supply of food stocks that will support up to 250 vulnerable families and individuals.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Safety Service was awarded £47,000 to enable it to carry out home visits to those who may be at risk. The organisation provides vulnerable households with warm packs, safe heaters, fused extension leads and smoke alarms.

HCC's cabinet member for children's services, Cllr Roz Chadd, said: "I am pleased that we are able to support these initiatives, which represent a real lifeline for struggling families, and I urge other organisations to consider applying for community grant funding.”

For more information visit www.connect4communities.org

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