Community grants

Thrive Homes is keen to support projects that are making a real difference to our residents and the wider community. Our community grants back local schemes and organisations that have the resources, experience or ideas that help make a positive … Continue reading

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Thrive Homes is keen to support projects that are making a real difference to our residents and the wider community.

Our community grants back local schemes and organisations that have the resources, experience or ideas that help make a positive difference and uphold our values.

We want to fund projects that reflect the four themes below and can demonstrate a direct impact on:

  • Training, employment and enterprise
  • Social inclusion
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Financial inclusion and support

There are two routes to bid for our funds – click below to find out more:

Projects, activities or events under £500

For any project, activities or events that are looking for a one off small grant.

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Long-term projects over £500

For any long-term projects.

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All applications are accepted on an annual basis with two decision periods: spring/summer and autumn/winter. We encourage applicants to submit bids as early in the year as possible. Our customers are involved in the decision making process when bids are awarded.

Please note: we are keen to receive bids which reflect activities or impact in the areas and neighbourhoods where Thrive Homes operates or can show outreach support to our customers. The majority of our customers live in South Oxhey, Mill End and Maple Cross.

If you require impartial advice about the application process, please contact:

Daryl Pereira –Engagement Business Partner
Tel: 0800 917 6077
Email: daryl.pereira@thrivehomes.org.uk.

You can also speak to Daryl if you would benefit from our volunteering programme.

The community grants programme is part of our wider social value ‘GIVE’ programme which has four unique aspects:

GIVE time

our staff volunteering programme where we offer our time and expertise to projects and charities that benefit the communities where we work.

GIVE grants

our community grants programme

GIVE support

delivering social value via our commercial partners

GIVE a voice

ensuring our customers play a key role in the way we design services

Get in touch to find out more!

Grants up for grabs to support Hertfordshire community projects

Community groups and charities in Hertfordshire are invited to bid for grants to support projects which make a real difference to local people and their neighbourhoods. Watford-based housing association Thrive Homes is inviting local agencies and schemes to apply for … Continue reading

Community groups and charities in Hertfordshire are invited to bid for grants to support projects which make a real difference to local people and their neighbourhoods.

Watford-based housing association Thrive Homes is inviting local agencies and schemes to apply for its next wave of community grants by 10th February 2017.

Thrive residents will be involved in deciding which projects should be supported, with successful applications announced by the end of March.

Thousands of pounds worth of grants are available but applications for smaller grants, of less than £1,000, are also welcome.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “Our community grants scheme supports local organisations and initiatives which help transform lives and make a positive difference to Thrive residents and local communities.

“We would really like to see some applications from groups and charities which haven’t benefited from our grants before.

“We’re particularly keen to hear from those working or willing to work in the South Oxhey, Maple Cross and Mill End areas and for schemes which help local people to enhance their skills and prospects through education, training and employment.”

Since 2010 Thrive has awarded over £300,000 in community grants towards a variety of projects such as Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers family support, the ASCEND Dig Deep community allotment project and Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers.

Grants over the last year have included £12,000 for Three Rivers Citizens Advice Bureau to provide debt advice to local people and £4,000 for Mill End Job Club to help jobseekers find work.

A £1,000 community grant paid for a summer seaside trip for young families from South Oxhey Children’s Centre, and another £3,000 was given to Watford Palace Theatre to fund creative dance workshops for older people.

Thrive’s community grants scheme, GIVE Grants, is part of its GIVE (Generating Income for Voluntary Enterprises) initiative, which aims to deliver far-reaching benefits for local communities.

This wider project includes Thrive’s staff volunteering programme GIVE Your Time, long-term practical support provided to charities in partnership with Thrive contractors – GIVE Support, and GIVE A Voice which enables customers to help decide Thrive’s ‘GIVE’ priorities.

To apply or find out more about Thrive’s community grants, call 0800 917 6077 or visit www.thrivehomes.org.uk

Community charity spreads the word to improve quality of life for Dacorum residents

A community support charity is being helped to spread the word about its work to improve Dacorum residents’ quality of life. Hertfordshire housing association Thrive Homes has awarded £500 from its small grants fund to Community Action Dacorum, based in … Continue reading

A community support charity is being helped to spread the word about its work to improve Dacorum residents’ quality of life.

Hertfordshire housing association Thrive Homes has awarded £500 from its small grants fund to Community Action Dacorum, based in Hemel Hempstead.

Community Action Dacorum provides a range of support to the local community, bringing people together to achieve through voluntary service, strengthening communities and enhancing people’s lives.

The charity – which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year – supports voluntary organisations and community groups at the early stages of their development, provides services to help them grow and flourish, and runs various projects that support local individuals, businesses and community groups.

Thrive’s grant will be used to promote the charity’s Support4Dacorum project, which helps community organisations in the borough with matters such as funding advice, governance support, volunteer recruitment and networking.

Community Development Officer Loretta Anderson said: “We are very thankful to Thrive for this contribution to our work, as we are always keen to get the word out to promote what we can do for groups in the voluntary sector.”

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive Homes, said: “Community Action Dacorum runs a multitude of projects and services, aimed at improving communities and making a real difference to people’s lives, so we are pleased to support their latest venture.”

Thrive’s small grants fund awards sums of around £500 each to good causes in need of support, including charities, organisations and projects within the communities where Thrive operates.

The fund is part of the housing provider’s ‘Thrive GIVE’ initiative which aims to benefit communities and worthy schemes, bringing social value in a variety of ways.

Thrive GIVE (Generating Income for Voluntary Enterprises) includes the ‘Give Grants’ community fund, ‘Give your Time’ staff volunteering programme, ‘Give Support’ scheme which links charities with private sector support and ‘Give a Voice’ campaign to ensure customers have their say.

Vulnerable people given helping hand in Three Rivers thanks to new community safety schemes

People with mental health issues and victims of domestic abuse will be given extra support in the Three Rivers district with the launch of two new community safety schemes. Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership is working with local mental health … Continue reading

People with mental health issues and victims of domestic abuse will be given extra support in the Three Rivers district with the launch of two new community safety schemes.

Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership is working with local mental health charity Herts MIND Network to launch the new Mental Health Assertive Outreach Pilot project and appoint a full-time Domestic Abuse Case Worker.

Watford-based housing association Thrive Homes is supporting the projects with a total of £11,000 of funding from its community grants scheme. A £6,000 grant has been awarded to help fund the mental health pilot and £5,000 towards the domestic abuse project.

Andy Stovold, Head of Community Partnerships at Three Rivers District Council, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant funding from Thrive, alongside other partner agencies, to ensure we can put in place services to support our more vulnerable residents in Three Rivers.”

Under the new mental health outreach pilot, initially running for a year, a specialist mental health professional has been appointed as a full-time Community Support Worker.

They will engage with people experiencing common mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and phobias, offering emotional and practical support to help clients with the various issues they may be facing and to prevent problems escalating to crisis levels.

It is estimated that there are nearly 8,800 adults with common, low-level mental health issues in the district, according to the Hertfordshire Mental Health Strategy, but 85% of them may have no structured support.

The new service aims to provide support to around 130 people each year, improving clients’ mental health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Three Rivers’ new full-time Domestic Abuse Case Worker will offer a full range of long-term support and advice to victims of domestic abuse in the district.

It is expected that they will support nearly 360 clients each year over the next three years, helping to keep families safe and to tackle the underlying issues around some cases of domestic abuse such as mental health issues and drug and alcohol misuse.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “These pilot projects will make a hugely positive impact on individuals, families and communities across the Three Rivers district.
“So we are pleased, with the other funding partners involved, to be able to support this important work which has such potential to truly transform people’s lives.”

New community project offers step up onto jobs ladder in South Oxhey

  Vulnerable and long-term unemployed people will be given a step up onto the jobs ladder thanks to a new community project being launched in South Oxhey. The new Routes to Employment Programme will be run by ASCEND, a local … Continue reading

 

Vulnerable and long-term unemployed people will be given a step up onto the jobs ladder thanks to a new community project being launched in South Oxhey.

The new Routes to Employment Programme will be run by ASCEND, a local charity which heads up various initiatives to help people into training and employment, through its Job Club and Dig Deep community allotment.

The project will involve providing training to boost people’s skills and improve their job prospects, offering opportunities for further training, volunteering and employment.

Watford-based housing association Thrive Homes is backing the scheme with a total of £15,000 from its community grants fund, which is also helping to secure the Job Club’s future. A £5,000 grant has gone to the Job Club and £10,000 to the Dig Deep project, to help fund the Routes to Employment Programme.

ASCEND Project Director Christine Wyard said the programme would be a welcome boost to residents in the area.

She said: “ASCEND has already helped more than 8,000 people improve their life chances, confidence and skill levels. In the current difficult economic climate, we are now seeing an average of 800 new clients per year.

“So this new project, along with the support we receive from funders such as Thrive, will help us make even more of a difference to people’s lives and the wider community.

“One of the grants from Thrive is the first to fully fund our Job Club, which is sorely needed in South Oxhey, securing its future for a long while to come.”

At the Dig Deep allotment, Routes to Employment will focus on vulnerable people with learning, physical and mental health issues. It will support them to develop skills and undertake volunteering and work experience in order to progress towards paid employment and a more independent life.

Sessions will be aimed at improving health, wellbeing and self-confidence through practical tasks and training towards recognised qualifications, while teaching team building and negotiation skills.

At ASCEND’s weekly Job Club, based at the charity’s Step Up offices in Oxhey Drive, the programme will provide extra free training to help jobseekers become more employable.

Courses will cover subjects such as food hygiene, first aid at work and training for warehouse, cleaning and building jobs, in addition to ASCEND’s existing literacy, numeracy and IT courses, plus careers advice and support.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “Having supported ASCEND’s Dig Deep project since it was set up seven years ago, we are thrilled to provide vital backing to launch the Routes to Employment Programme.

“In line with the aims of our community grants scheme, this new initiative will help transform lives and make a real difference to Thrive residents and our local communities. We look forward to continuing our work with ASCEND to ensure this project has a positive, far-reaching impact.”

Every year, ASCEND supports an average of 50 people to gain paid employment and runs courses which benefit over 250 adult learners.

Martin Richards, who was out of work for 18 years due to a long-term illness, was helped by the Job Club with training courses which have led to him getting a job as a teaching assistant at a special needs school.

He said: “I love my job now but, if it wasn’t for the support of ASCEND, I wouldn’t have known how to take my first step into work. I am so grateful and I would advise anyone to come here for support.”

Thrive Homes has awarded over £300,000 in community grants since 2010 towards various groups and schemes, including Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers family support, Mill End Job Club and Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers.

Volunteer gardeners thrive at community allotment

Budding horticulturalists at a thriving Watford community allotment celebrated their achievements at the project’s fifth birthday celebrations. Staff from Thrive Homes, which has supported the project since its launch, joined the festivities at the Dig Deep project, in South Oxhey. … Continue reading

Budding horticulturalists at a thriving Watford community allotment celebrated their achievements at the project’s fifth birthday celebrations.

Staff from Thrive Homes, which has supported the project since its launch, joined the festivities at the Dig Deep project, in South Oxhey.

Thrive’s Community Partnerships Manager Zulf Awan was invited to present certificates to Dig Deep volunteers, including a number of Thrive tenants, who have gained practical horticultural qualifications through their training at the scheme.

He said: “It was great to join the Dig Deep team for such a special occasion. As well as celebrating its fifth anniversary, we were also celebrating the achievements of volunteers and of the project as a whole.

“It has done so much in a relatively short time and I was honoured to be asked to present certificates to the individuals involved.”

Dig Deep, run by the charity ASCEND, helps vulnerable people – who may have found school-based learning difficult – gain skills, training and qualifications, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

Thrive has supported the project through its Community Grants scheme since 2010, recently awarding another £20,000 for the next two years, as well as providing practical help through its staff volunteering programme.

The allotment has helped 150 people over the last five years, enhancing their self-confidence, skills, health and wellbeing. Some have worked towards formal qualifications to boost their job prospects, with a number of them going on to do voluntary work and gain paid employment.

Christine Wyard, ASCEND Project Director, said: “Thrive Homes has been a great support to us right from the start, taking a real hands-on approach to getting involved with what we do.

“Without Thrive’s financial support too, Dig Deep would not be able to continue, so we were delighted to welcome Zulf to our five-year celebrations.”

Watford community allotment branches out with Thrive windfall

A community allotment in Watford is flourishing with the help of a bumper windfall from Thrive Homes. The Dig Deep project, in South Oxhey, helps vulnerable people gain skills, training and qualifications, as well as boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem. … Continue reading

A community allotment in Watford is flourishing with the help of a bumper windfall from Thrive Homes.

The Dig Deep project, in South Oxhey, helps vulnerable people gain skills, training and qualifications, as well as boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem.

We have awarded the project £20,000 for the next two years from our Community Grants scheme, which supports initiatives that make a positive difference to local communities.

The allotment project, run by the charity ASCEND, will use the funding not just to continue its existing work but also to develop as a self-sustaining social enterprise.

Organisers hope to open it up to other community groups as an outdoor training facility, as well as offering a new service helping people struggling to maintain their own gardens.

Dig Deep, now in its fifth year, helps adults and young people aged 16-plus who found school classroom-based learning difficult and left with few or no qualifications.

The project has so far helped 150 people, enhancing their self-confidence and basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, improving their health and wellbeing, and  teaching them about healthier eating and the benefits of the ‘great outdoors’.

They have also had the opportunity to learn horticultural skills and work towards formal qualifications to boost their future employment prospects. Some clients have gone on to do voluntary work and gain paid employment, as a result of their involvement with the scheme.

Dig Deep has supported 38 people in the last year, including nine working towards a City & Guilds in Practical Horticulture, two working for a Diploma in Practical Horticulture and 20 volunteering with the Watford and Three Rivers Trust Timebank project. A number of Thrive residents have been involved with the project since it began.

Thrive has supported Dig Deep with its Community Grants since the project was set up in 2010 and provided practical help on the allotment through Thrive’s staff volunteering programme.

Zulf Awan, Community Partnerships Manager at Thrive Homes, said: “We are pleased to continue supporting this fantastic project which does such great work in our communities.

“Dig Deep is all about realising potential and self-worth, improving people’s life chances and helping them to become more confident to take a more positive, active role in the local community.

“This ties in closely with Thrive’s vision to enable thriving communities where there are life choices and opportunities, so we are delighted to be working with Dig Deep to achieve these goals.”

Dig Deep is a partnership between Three Rivers District Council which owns the allotment site, local charity ASCEND which works to help people into training and employment, and Farming For All which provides horticultural expertise.

Christine Wyard, ASCEND Project Director, said: “This grant is a lifeline for us. If we didn’t have this funding from Thrive Homes, Dig Deep wouldn’t exist – it’s as simple as that.

“Thrive has supported us from the word go, and not just financially. Members of their team are always willing to come out, meet with our clients and find out what is going on. They have become truly integrated into what we are doing and achieving here.”

Local resident Steve Valentine has been involved in Dig Deep for four years and has just gained a City & Guilds qualification through his work there.

He said: “I love coming here, meeting people and learning new skills. I’ve just done a three-day workshop about volunteering and it made me more confident about myself. I’m normally quite nervous but I gave a speech about Dig Deep in front of 20 people and it went okay.

“I don’t mind standing up and talking to people now. I can show people around the allotment, explain what we do and how we grow stuff. It’s nice to give something back – I go home and tell my kids what I’ve done.”

Our Community Grants scheme has awarded a total of around £250,000 to a wide range of community organisations and projects over the last five years.

To apply for funding or find out more, call our Policy and Communications team on 0800 917 6077 or 020 8428 4428.

Welcome to our GIVE community

Thrive has established itself as an important community partner making a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and individuals. We support projects that improve people’s lives and their communities. Our stronger relationship with our community partners helps us deliver a better community … Continue reading

Thrive has established itself as an important community partner making a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and individuals. We support projects that improve people’s lives and their communities. Our stronger relationship with our community partners helps us deliver a better community for everyone.

Thrive GIVE (Generating Income for Voluntary Enterprises) includes the ‘Give your Time’ staff volunteering programme, ‘Give Grants’ community fund, ‘Give Support’ scheme which links charities with private sector support and ‘Give a Voice’ campaign to ensure customers have their say.

Give your Time a team of 70 volunteers have been working to improve the communal area in and around Mead Place, in Berry Lane, Mill End, for local people to enjoy. Work has involved clearing overhanging trees and undergrowth, creating seated areas with benches, installing gates and fencing, moving and updating laundry drying areas, providing covered bike stores and constructing new bin storage areas.

Give Grants Thrive Homes & Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership is working with local mental health charity Herts MIND Network to launch the new Mental Health Assertive Outreach Pilot project and appoint a full-time Domestic Abuse Case Worker. A £6,000 grant has been awarded to help fund the mental health pilot and £5,000 towards the domestic abuse project.

Give Support Our contracts with partners include provision for achieving social value, by encouraging our contractors from the private sector to invest in local charitable and voluntary organisations, with the resulting benefits for our residents and communities. Charities flagged up various areas where they needed help, including IT support, HR advice, and health and safety training, as well as hands-on projects such as window cleaning and gardening.

Give a Voice we work with the Customer Experience Panel and use your feedback when evaluating our service standards, looking at future plans for the service, agreeing how performance will be monitored and reported, and shaping wider consultation. Get involved and have your say about the services offered by Thrive. We regularly consult on the following topics through focus groups, independent phone surveys and conversations.

If you want to team up with us on a community project, find out more ring, 0800 917 6077 or email: enquiries@thrivehomes.org.uk

Community

Thrive has established itself as an important community partner making a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and individuals. We support projects that improve people’s lives and their communities. Our staff volunteering programme has built stronger relationships with our community partners and … Continue reading

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Thrive has established itself as an important community partner making a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and individuals. We support projects that improve people’s lives and their communities.

Our staff volunteering programme has built stronger relationships with our community partners and involved us supporting local events such as the Rickmansworth Festival, Croxley Revels and the Abbots Langley Festival.

The first year-long volunteering drive we ran involved staff working in their communities for 950 hours – worth a total of £16,000. It was such a success that we are planning to repeat the initiative.

We also work with community partners on numerous other initiatives, such as delivering an action-packed Enterprise Week at local secondary school Francis Combe Academy with Youth Connexions, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Herts Young Homeless, Youth Parliament, West Herts College and Watford & Three Rivers Trust.

A two-day Enterprise event we ran at Westfield Academy saw us work with a range of partner organisations to offer nearly 200 students sessions on key life skills, including managing budgets, CV writing and personal safety.

Our community grants scheme gave our nearly £60,000 last year to a variety of projects making a real difference to their local area. Organisations receiving funding included Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the ASCEND project, Mill End Café, Watford Palace Theatre, South Oxhey’s Colnbrook School and Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers.

If you want to team up with us on a community project, find out more here,  ring 0800 917 6077 or email enquiries@thrivehomes.org.uk.

Staff dress down to give a helping hand to Watford families

Young families in the Watford area will get some extra support this New Year thanks to ‘dress down Friday’ fundraisers at a local housing association. Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers has been presented with £444 by Thrive Homes, raised by … Continue reading

Young families in the Watford area will get some extra support this New Year thanks to ‘dress down Friday’ fundraisers at a local housing association.

Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers has been presented with £444 by Thrive Homes, raised by staff donating £1 each to wear casual clothes to work once a week.

Emma Power, Scheme Manager at Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers, said: “We are very grateful to Thrive Homes for this donation, which means so much to us. It costs £100 a month to support a family, so this donation will support a family in crisis for over four months.”

The charity provides practical and emotional support to families who are vulnerable or under stress, with children under the age of five.

Home-Start’s trained volunteers offer friendship, advice and practical help to families to ensure children have the best start in life with the care they need in a happy, secure home.

Thrive has previously supported Home-Start through its community grants scheme in recent years and many Thrive families have benefitted from the service.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “We are delighted to continue our support for Home-Start’s invaluable work helping young families.”