HEART OF ENGLAND BEATS ITS TARGET WITH £25M AWARDED IN 25 YEARS

After celebrating its 25th birthday just two months ago, Heart of England Community Foundation, the region’s leading supporter of community projects and local charities, has hit yet another major milestone. Founded exactly a quarter of a century ago, the Foundation has now awarded an incredible £25million to projects and organisations across the West Midlands and Warwickshire. The celebration comes alongside a fantastic year for the charity as it commemorates granting over £5million over the last 12 months alone. This has seen more than 740 grants distributed to a whole host of grassroots community causes, local charities, and development schemes that tackle key issues across

EV. Loves… a captivating read

Here at EV., we love to make the best out of a bad situation; whether it’s catching up on our favourite Netflix shows, attending tons of webinars, or reading that book we promised ourselves we’d read, we are in our stride with keeping busy and creative during Covid-19.  When I made a New Year’s resolution this year, I set a target to read 40 books and I didn’t think this would ever seem as easy as it does now. But as we are now encouraged to stay at home there seems nothing better than getting lost in a brilliant, captivating

EMPLOYABILITY PROJECT INVESTS IN LOCAL PEOPLE HELPING TO FUFIL ALL-IMPORTANT ROLES

Walsall College

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term “key-worker” has never carried such weight. However, the UK’s opinion on which jobs qualify for the title has changed rapidly since the virus halted every-day life. Respect for NHS workers, lorry drivers and supermarket teams is now stronger than ever; but with growing demand and heightened pressure, they are looking to recruit more. Now, thanks to schemes like Community Matters Project, the team at Heart of England Community Foundation has helped fill job roles to meet the need in the West Midlands.   No-one could have predicted the shift in core workers, but

FAMILIES INVITED TO CAMP UNDER THE STARS IN AID OF SIFA FIRESIDE

Big Brummie Camp Out

Spring has sprung and whilst holidays seem a long way off, a brand new campaign is encouraging friends and families from across Birmingham to enjoy the Great Outdoors, albeit in their own back gardens. The Big Brummie Camp Out will be taking place on the Early May Bank Holiday (Friday 8 May), with the aim of bringing a little light relief into lockdown, whilst also raising money for one of the city’s key homeless charities.   Launched by SIFA Fireside, Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed adults, the Big Brummie Camp Out focuses on the importance of “home” at

FIRST GRANTS AWARDED TO LOCAL PROJECTS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Heart of England

Following the launch of an urgent appeal last month, Heart of England Community Foundation has awarded over £15,000 from its Coronavirus Resilience Fund in the first week of operation. The Foundation has received almost £230,000 in donations to support local communities across the region during the current pandemic.  The Coronavirus Resilience Fund is open to local community groups and projects who provide vital support across various constituencies, with the aim of easing financial concerns caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The first grants were awarded last week to 11 charities across the West Midlands and Warwickshire, all who received grants up to £1,500.

EMERGENCY FUND LAUNCHED IN ORDER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

HoECF

After launching an urgent appeal last week, Heart of England Community Foundation has received almost £80,000 to support local communities across the region during these unprecedented times. The charity opens its Coronavirus Resilience Fund today, which local community groups and projects can apply for, in order to help ease financial concerns during the current pandemic.  The fund, which was announced by Heart of England Community Foundation last week, will be available to constituted groups providing services such as food banks, social eating projects, emergency food parcel deliveries, and those engaging in outreach activities; all vital for various constituencies within the West

THE BUTCHERS SOCIAL TO THE BUTCHERS SHOP: HOW THIS SMALL BUSINESS IS SERVING UP COMMUNITY SUPPORT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Mike Bullard

The Butchers Social, that once began life in an old butchers’ shop in Harborne, has gone back to basics amidst the coronavirus pandemic in order to preserve the restaurant in Henley-in-Arden. In such an unprecedented time for hospitality businesses, independents across the country are having to adapt in order to survive the change in lifestyle. Mike Bullard, chef-owner of The Butchers Social, has led the way for small businesses in Henley-in-Arden by providing a service to local residents during these uncertain times. The team has created an innovative new menu that offers ready-made, restaurant quality meals for locals to enjoy at home

CHARITY LAUNCHES EMERGENCY FUND TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Heart of England Community Foundation, the region’s leading supporter of community projects and local charities, has launched an urgent appeal in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Calling for businesses, or individuals, to pledge their support for a Coronavirus Resilience Fund, the money will help those in need during this international crisis. Heart of England Community Foundation has helped over 6,000 projects across the region and awarded over £20 million since being founded 25 years ago. The Foundation, which is based in the heart of Coventry, prides itself on the support it offers to the region and wants to ensure important

HOTEL DU VIN STRATFORD CHECKS IN NEW MANAGER

Natalie Heath

Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon has appointed all-new manager Natalie Heath ahead of its third year. The new general manager brings over 20 years of hospitality experience, and a full suite of new ideas to the boutique hotel.  The hotel, which took Stratford-upon-Avon by storm in 2018, has had a successful two years since opening in the former registry office building, and with new manager at the helm more successes are yet to come. Newly appointed Natalie will be focussed on driving sales and strategy for the hotel, having studied hotel management and training at The Savoy and built her wealth

HEART OF ENGLAND RESPONDS TO LOCAL NEEDS WITH NEW BIRMINGHAM FUND

Heart of England NNS Fund

The Heart of England Community Foundation has announced its plan to support over 50s in an all-new Edgbaston and Northfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme (NNS) Fund. The charity’s latest fund has a pot of £400,000, which will provide help to community projects within the local area. Funded by Birmingham City Council, it will support and provide opportunities for older people within the wards of Edgbaston and Northfield. The Foundation will work alongside Age UK Birmingham, Gateway Family Services and Northfield Community Partnerships, as the lead facilitators for the new grants scheme. After extensive research, Birmingham City Council found there was support