During lockdown, we asked local community groups and organisations what help they needed to continue to support the communities they work in.
A number of organisations, who were already supporting members of their community with access to food and hygiene products, told us they needed additional financial assistance to continue this support, so we joined forced with one of our suppliers, Ideal Heating, to create the the Feeding Families fund.
Eight organisations in County Durham and Northumberland have benefited from the fund, receiving amounts between £325 and £650 to boost their projects.
One of these was The Hygiene Bank West Northumberland, which provides basic essential hygiene products to the most vulnerable individuals and families in communities in Hexham, Haltwhistle, Prudhoe and the surrounding areas.
Due to Covid-19, the project had to close its collection point and received no donations so this funding will be used to buy hygiene products to distribute to foodbanks, youth organisations, homeless charities and refuges.
Hayley Hall, Project Co-Ordinator at The Hygiene Bank West Northumberland, said: “We were overjoyed to secure funding from Karbon Homes. Many people are living in poverty and can’t afford to be clean, that’s why our network of banks exist – to give access to those who need essential products.”
Also benefitting from the fund is Annfield Plain Community Centre. The centre is home to the area’s foodbank, which has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people using it, and funding has allowed it to increase the number of FareShare deliveries it receives and purchase additional groceries such as potatoes and vegetables.
Jessica Wray, Community Connector at Karbon Homes, said: “Our aim is to provide customers and communities with the support they need to build strong foundations for life. By unlocking social value, we can work with our partners to build healthy and sustainable communities.
“When we asked them in June, community groups made it very clear how we could help them and I’d like to thank our supplier, Ideal Heating for their commitment to working with us to support our customers and communities during the pandemic.
“It’s fantastic to support all these local projects and further details of the organisations that have benefited from this fund can be seen within our report.”
A number of our suppliers and contractors work in partnership with us to build healthy and sustainable communities by contributing social value commitments and working with our Customer and Community Engagement Teams to deliver a range of activities
As an approved supplier, Ideal Heating make a financial contribution to our Social Value Fund for every boiler that is installed in one of our properties.
Daniel Curran, Key Account Executive from the Ideal Heating Northern Social Housing Team, explained: “We are an approved Boiler manufacturer supplier and the fund is a result of 560 boilers being installed into Karbon Homes properties. We are happy to offer funding to Karbon Homes that provides local assistance where needed."