Chris Skidmore MP has welcomed the news that local community organisation Kingsmeadow@MadeForever has been awarded a £433,000 grant to support their work.
On the morning of Friday 18th June, the MP met the charity’s Chief Officer Catherine Sama who showed Chris around their Kingswood-based Wellbeing Hub and introduced him to their team.
Chris visited the Fisher Road building and learned about the activities and work the charity does in the community, and how they help meet the needs of local individuals and families, many of whom face multiple challenges such as mental health needs or substance misuse.
The Community Hub offers a wide range of services including counselling spaces, employment advice, a community garden, outdoor sports court, café, recycling workshop, a second-hand shop, and an indoor sports hall.
During the Coronavirus crisis, the team had to pause several community events and programmes and had to quickly adapt to an increase in referrals for individuals and families needing their services within the community.
The funding provided by the National Lottery, £433,000 for over 5 years, will be used to support Kingsmeadow’s direct frontline services, and will help make a positive impact for all members of the community.
Chris Skidmore said: “I was delighted to visit Kingsmeadow’s great local Community Hub and meet the dedicated team of staff and volunteers making a difference in the lives of many families and young people in the area.
Like many community groups, they faced serious challenges during the pandemic and an increased demand for their services. This grant is fantastic news and will enable them to continue providing much-needed targeted support and wellbeing facilities for our community.”
Catherine Sama, Chief Officer said: “We are very pleased by the visit of our local MP. His interest in our work is a great encouragement to our dedicated staff, volunteer team, and to our community. On behalf of everyone involved in the Kingsmeadow@MadeForever Community Wellbeing Hub Project, we say Thank You for taking the time to come to K@M4E Community hub to encourage, support and further motivate us as we serve our community”.