Published On: 22nd January 2024

The Access Foundation Helps Tackle National Poverty by Supporting Grass Roots Community Charities

The cost-of-living crisis is exacerbating poverty in millions of homes across the UK; according to a recent government report* over 14 million people were living in poverty in the UK in 2021/22. To help support struggling communities, the Access Foundation has awarded a combined total of £17,448 to ‘Open Hands Trust’ and ‘Society Alive’ which both strive to tackle poverty and empower individuals.

Based in Leicester, Open Hands Trust strives to support some of the most vulnerable in society through building aspiration and offering practical support. The charity provides training and mentoring, alongside everyday essentials such as affordable food, clothing, bedding and kitchen items. These resources help people who are socially deprived, homeless, unemployed, low-income families, pensioners, asylum seekers and refugees.

A £7,500 grant was donated to the Trust by the Access Foundation to improve accessibility at their recently renovated ‘Compassion Centre’. Thanks to this funding, a lift will be installed so that anyone, regardless of their mobility level, can access the resources they need.

The Foundation has also supported Norwich based community group Society Alive in their mission to improve employment prospects for disadvantaged children and young people.

Society Alive encourages young people in Bowthorpe, who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, to work towards a university degree or gain vocational training, so that they can live their lives to their fullest potential. The charity also strives to keep children away from the Criminal Justice System and promotes social cohesion and integration in their community.

The £9,948 grant from the Foundation, will be used to help equip disadvantaged children and adolescents with essential IT skills to help prepare them for the world of work, and boost their confidence and self-esteem to aim for the best future for themselves. Ultimately, this grant aims to help to lift disadvantaged individuals out of poverty and give them the skills to help themselves.

Piers McLeish, Trustee of the Access Foundation, commented:

“We are delighted to be able to support two outstanding charities and we applaud the excellent work they do. Working on the front line every day with disadvantaged communities, they are experiencing firsthand the difficulties people are facing due to increasing levels of poverty in the UK.

“We are confident that these charities will make a real difference to the lives of their beneficiaries and that they will alleviate some of the hardships caused most recently by the cost-of-living crisis.”

Source:* https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN07096/SN07096.pdf