Torridge Family Creates Community Fund for Local People

Bridgerule Village

A fund set up by a generous Torridge family to support community work continues to transform local people’s lives, distributing nearly £24,000 in the last year to 16 deserving groups.

Will and his family, who have chosen to stay anonymous, knew they wanted their money to make a difference on their doorstep. They decided to create a fund with Devon Community Foundation, a unique charity which offers philanthropic services to those wanting to give locally.

The fund, known as the Chiggy Pig Fund, provides financial assistance to community groups tackling disadvantage and deprivation while making a positive impact to the lives of local people.

Will said, “I choose to give locally because it’s a much more rewarding way to give. You can visit the places you’ve helped and talk to the people you’re supporting. You can see, touch and get involved in the projects making a difference on your doorstep. It’s a much more fulfilling experience than putting money in a tin and walking away.”

The family was keen to start making an impact at once, and working with the Foundation meant they began giving locally just a few months after their initial donation. So far they’ve supported projects such as a home visiting service in Torridge, giving social contact for lonely, isolated older people helping them to manage appointments, finances and ensure they are eating and keeping warm during winter months, and funding the set-up of a new Brownie group in an isolated rural area where there is little for young people to do.

Bridget Wade, from Beaford Brownies said, “Just a grant of £500 has enabled us to start the group and we now have a unit of 19 girls. We’ve had an amazing year taking part in all sorts of activities getting the community together, including a family evening. Most of the girls in the unit come from rural areas and can often feel isolated, being a part of the Brownies has helped to give them confidence, develop life skills and try new challenges whilst having fun.”

Other groups that have benefited from support include, Torrington & District Men’s Shed which were given £1,300 towards tools and equipment for a support group for men. Here skills are learnt, shared and used to the benefit of the local community, helping with a sense of well-being, self-worth and encouraging older members of the community to keep safe and well. £1,834 also helped equip a rural village hall kitchen to support a lunch and companionship club, bringing isolated local people together, while teaching new skills and encouraging peer support.

The fund has plenty more it wants to achieve locally and applications from projects in Torridge addressing local community news are welcome at any time. If you have any questions you can find out more about the Foundation and funding opportunities at www.devoncf.com, or get in touch on 01884 235887 or email grants@devoncf.com.

Or if you have been inspired to give more locally you can find out more here or talk to our Development Director Scott by emailing scott@devoncf.com.