Countryside donates £7,000 to Hounslow communities to support the most vulnerable
Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, has donated a total of £7,000 from its Communities Fund to support local organisations providing key support to those most in need in Hounslow in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A £3,000 donation has been made to the Citizens Advice Bureau in the area, a £3,000 donation was made to the Lets Go Outside and Learn Initiative and a £1,000 food shop was donated to the Hounslow Community FoodBox.
Hounslow Community FoodBox, set up in 2013, has been supporting Hounslow residents with essential food and toiletries during this pandemic. Facing a substantial increase in referrals and running extremely low on supplies, the food shop has helped replenish some of the foodbank’s essential supplies.
The Let Go Outside and Learn Initiative will capitalise on the additional funds from Countryside to offer remote services such as conference calls, develop resources for people to use, and to trial a small project – delivering packages of gardening materials (soil, pots, seeds and simple instructions) to people living in sheltered accommodation. The package will include a notebook and pencil so that they can record their gardening progress and some luxury teabags so recipients can still enjoy a cup of tea together in the outdoors whilst maintaining social distancing.
The Countryside Communities Fund has been set up to support local charities and groups, food banks and others providing essential local services in locations where Countryside operates across the country. Since launching the £1m fund in April, it has contributed over £750,000 across the country.
Daniel King, Managing Director, Partnerships West London & Thames Valley, Countryside, said: “Every community initiative, in response to the pandemic, is an attempt to improve the quality of life of those that are isolated and are most vulnerable. We are proud to have been able to make a pledge to the communities in Hounslow from our Communities Fund. We have been cultivating and reinvigorating communities for over six decades and it is only appropriate that we play our part where we can when it’s needed the most.”
Countryside is currently leading a £52m regeneration scheme in Hounslow, known as The Assembly, that is also providing 284 new mixed-tenure homes on the 2.67-hectare site of which almost 50% are affordable. It has already delivered a £20m redevelopment of the newly expanded five-form-entry Hounslow Town Primary School, with a capacity for 1,200 pupils providing contemporary sports and play facilities.