How you can help Leicestershire charities win new funding via the Aviva Community Fund

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The Aviva Community Fund is a quarterly funding competition ran by Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer. We are pleased to announce that two charities we work closely with have been successful in the application round and now they need support from the public to generate enough funds to make their projects a reality.

We spoke with The Zinthiya Trust and Peepul Enterprise to find out about their projects and why they urgently need funding.

Reduce Child Poverty in Leicestershire – The Zinthiya Trust

An estimated 43,677 children in Leicestershire are living below the poverty line even though the vast majority – 30,866 of them – have at least one parent who has a job.

The Zinthiya Trust has seen a 37% increase in calls from women experiencing domestic abuse and a 45% increase in people seeking emergency food, gas and electricity top-ups and help to claim eligible benefits.

Service users are struggling to navigate the benefit system, understand what grants and help they can access, how to reduce their household bills quickly and deal with what is now unaffordable debt.

How will your donations help?

The Zinthiya Trust are raising donations to fund an ‘advice worker’ to deliver outreach support to communities in Leicester and Leicestershire, where no support is currently available.

Core support will comprise of: income maximisation checks, help to claim eligible benefits, benefits advocacy, help to prevent homelessness, debt management, budgeting, energy efficiency measures, help to reduce household bills and apply for eligible grants.

Emergency food and gas & electric top-ups will also be provided to ensure that all beneficiaries have enough food, ability to store/cook food, charge phones and stay warm.

To find out more about the project and to donate, please visit: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/zinthiya-trust-alleviate-child-poverty

Covid 19 Free Meals Service – Peepul Enterprise

Towards the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Peepul Enterprise’s Chairman, Anil Bhanot, came up with the idea to use their restaurant to make and deliver food to elderly and vulnerable residents within the area. He thought this would help to protect the rest of the community and the individuals themselves as well as helping to reduce the pressure on the NHS.

The importance of the NHS also prompted an idea to start providing food to NHS workers in need during the outbreak.

How will your donations help?

The Peepul Meals project provides 1000 meals a week to people who are vulnerable, isolating and NHS workers in need – completely free of charge. The entire project is ran by volunteers, even the chefs are volunteers. They prepare fresh meals, then our volunteers pack and deliver to people’s doors.

The food costs and overheads can be met by grants and donations. Currently they are funding this project themselves but with the lack of income, they are in great need of donations to help it continue to help people in the community that have been affected.

To find out more about the project and to donate, please visit: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/peepul-meals

What is the Aviva Community Fund?

The Aviva Community Fund is a year-round funding competition, brought to you by the UK’s largest Insurer, Aviva. They aim to bring funding and support to small charities and community groups who have clever, forward-thinking projects.

Charities will be able to benefit from guidance and a range of resources throughout their funding journey, including training from Crowdfunder, advice on social media and target setting.

You can find out more about the Aviva Community Fund here.

About BHIB Charities Insurance

BHIB Charities Insurance specialise in providing tailored cover for community groups, clubs, societies, voluntary organisations and hobby or special interest groups. We offer more than just insurance and we are passionate about supporting local communities.

To find out how we can help your charity or not-for-profit organisation, email us on hello@bhibcharities.co.uk or call 0330 013 0036 to speak to our friendly, expert team.

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