Community Fund provides local support  

The Hinkley Point C Community Fund invests into helping out important local projects.

One recent example is Stogursey Victory Hall, a modern facility built with the support of the HPC Community Fund, to serve the local and wider community. Hinkley Point C has invested £1.55 million into the newly opened venue which local groups are now able to make use of.

The space consists of a large leisure hall, new changing facilities for both home and away sports teams, as well as a bar and purpose-built kitchen that will help cater for large events. There are rooms available for private bookings, and other facilities include a sports field, tennis court and extended car parking area.

The hall committee is in discussions to see how they can support Stogursey School with additional space, needed for activities due to social distancing. If you are interested in using the space, please contact the Allan Searle, Booking Secretary, on 01278 732820 or Chris Ford, Chairman, on 07552 610692.

Westfield United Reformed Church (URC) was also awarded funding that has helped to make a difference. In 2018, the church was granted £226,400 from the HPC Community Fund. Among other improvements, the grant has allowed the church to carry out renovations on a refurbished hall and counselling rooms.

The resourceful church has since adapted its services to provide vital support to vulnerable people in Bridgwater – because the renovation was completed during lockdown, it couldn’t be opened to the public. However, the church has found other ways to help the community.

Treasurer Jacky Bartholomew explained: “Since March, we’ve carried out more than 3,500 ‘acts of kindness’ and vital support for the elderly and people unable to leave their homes due to self-isolation or shielding.”

From late-March to early-October, the church provided:

  • 1,569 meals to rough sleepers
  • 94 sets of clothes and toiletries to those in need
  • 41 emergency accommodation referrals
  • 889 meals to the elderly and isolated
  • 115 food bank vouchers

 

Jacky added: “Our continued community work has been described as a lifeline for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. We hope that our work with local supermarkets to provide free food will be just one way we can continue to help people when they need it most.”

In 2021, the third year of grant funding will be used to support recruitment and ongoing costs for a community worker, to provide, manage and increase community support.