Funding from Trust helps Home-Start change lives

Quality time, thanks to Home StartIn 2017, Greenham Trust awarded a total of £314,000 in reactive grants for 127 charitable projects aimed at benefitting the residents of Newbury and surrounding West Berkshire areas. One of these charities is Home Start, a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families.

Greenham Trust supported Home Start with funding for three projects last year, which have all helped to address the needs reported by families and referrers in West Berkshire. The projects range from support with post-natal depression and providing learning journals, to a ground-breaking parent and baby group care home pilot project.

The aim of the project is to put an end to loneliness and isolation of new parents and babies and the elderly in care homes. Isolation is a major risk factor to the well-being of us all. It often leads to post-natal depression in new parents and despair in elderly care home residents. The funding Home Start have received will help to bring young parents, babies and the elderly together once a week so they can spend quality time together to beat the blues of loneliness.

Grace Ryder, Scheme Manager explains, “We are very excited to be able to launch an Intergenerational Baby Group in West Berkshire and the response from the public has been overwhelming. Loneliness and isolation have a huge effect on the families we support so we are keen to see the impact this project can have. It has been a long time in conception and we are hugely grateful to Greenham Trust for making such a project a reality.”

“This is just one example of how reactive grant funding can help make a difference. We’ve donated over £40 million over the last 20 years to local organisations like Home Start,” said Chris Boulton, chief executive of Greenham Trust.

He explains, “If you’re looking for financial support for your charitable community project, you have just under one month to submit your application to Greenham Trust via ‘The Good Exchange’ online platform.”

Applications can be submitted via the website at and should be received by Friday 23 March 2018. Eligible applications will then be reviewed, and funding awarded to successful projects in April. Applications will also be considered for Trust Top-Up, a scheme where Greenham Trust offers up to £5,000 of matched funding against public and company donations made on-line via The Good Exchange.

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