Jon Walker with members of the community

Community groups awarded University donations

The first round of Loughborough University’s Community Donation Open Fund 2017/18 has been awarded to a range of community groups.

The annual programme, which has been operating since 2009, supports groups around Charnwood by awarding donations of up to £750.

The full list of recipients of funding is:



The Changes Friendship and Wellbeing Group

Funding will go towards a gardening project for people who experience who experience long term mental health issues, isolations.

Fearon Hall Community Centre

The Community Centre will open its doors for a Film and Refreshment evening, for people who are suffering with cognitive disabilities, including Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Gorse Covert Community Association Limited

Funding will aid an afternoon club for ages 5-11 years.

Home-Start Horizons

Providing mentoring and practical help to families with at least one preschool aged child, a Mums in Mind Group will be set up.

Cancer Self Help Group Loughborough

The support group provides social events for Cancer sufferers. 

Sir Robert Martin Court

Funding will provide new outdoor furniture for the Sheltered Retirement Housing, improving their facilities.

Syston and District Volunteer Centre

The Volunteer Centre will continue to improve their social car service, rented mobility equipment and monthly community lunches.

The Baca Charity

Funding will aid accommodation, training, social projects and support to 16-18 year old Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

Mountsorrel Juniors Football FC

New equipment will help a growing football team that provides training and games for young girls.

The Exaireo Trust

The charity, who support the homeless, will begin a ‘re-paint project’, providing work experience to local people.

The Bridge EM


Funding will aid the webpage and upkeep of this charity, who provide help to those experiencing housing difficulty.

Shepshed Toy Library

Expanding the story sacks to cover new and important topics will aid children in their learning.


Stakeholder Relations Manager at the University, Alison Barlow, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting some fantastic organisations with their projects for another year.

“Many of these groups do amazing work for the community but often face financial difficulties which makes it hard for them to run the projects or activities they’d like to. We’re happy we can lend them a hand and act as a support system.”

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time out to submit a bid to our Community Donations Programme and look forward to supporting more groups later this year.”

Applications for the first round of the first round of the Inside Out fund are now open, until 26 January; University Staff who are involved in Charnwood groups or organisations are invited to bid for up to £500.

To find out more about the Community Donations Fund, see our website or contact Jessica Metson on


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