The Haslemere Challice Community Fund is a fund specifically for the benefit of Haslemere and its residents. The fund was established in partnership with the Challice Trust, originally established from a bequest made to the Haslemere community by Mrs Ruth Challice Bush in 1962. By working together we offer a fund that enables and encourages local giving so that we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local needs.
Since establishing the Fund has built an endowment of over £1million to support Haslemere and its residents. Donations from local residents, legacies, and funds raised in the Bordon, Liphook and Haslemere Charity’s Haslemere Charity shop have contributed to this significant milestone. As the fund continues to grow, the income generated increases the fund’s capacity to give. In 2015-16, grants of over £26,000 were awarded to support local community projects.
Why support the Haslemere Challice Community Fund?
As a town our needs are very specific, and local people are often faced with reduced access to facilities and funding. Our dedicated panel of local residents award grants to:
- Help older or disadvantaged residents combat isolation and stay happy, healthy and included
- Increase facilities, training, skills and experience for young people
- Support local activities, services and community focal points
- Fund projects that improve and preserve the village heritage, culture and environment
Examples of funded projects:
Skillway (Warehouse Christian Trust) – £2,500
Skillway aims to raise the self-esteem and motivation of teenagers through apprentice-style teaching of manual skills. Students, aged between 14 and 17, are referred to Skillway according to their needs by Secondary Schools.
This grant provided more students to attend Skillways ‘Support 4 Students’ project. Having come from areas of disadvantage and in need of consistent support, Skillway helps those in attendance to learn new manual skills, encourages them to tackle personal issues, and gives them the examples and role models that will take them into the world of work, potentially after further specialist training and potential apprenticeships.
Woolmer Hill Estate Mum’s Group – £500
The group get together weekly and is for mums living on Woolmer Hill estate to support and walk with one another through the ups and downs of family life, building a community and creating a strong support network for those involved.
Funding provided a variety of planned and engaging weekly activities for the children accompanying their mums to the group who are not yet in school, as well as funding three family outings for both parents and children.