Welcome to the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund

Projects

These are just a few of the projects that have benefitted from Rugby Group Benevolent Fund over recent years and that are representative of initiatives we like to support.

We can show only a few here but would like to pay credit to all those we have worked with. The commitment demonstrated to community causes is universally impressive.

The Benn Partnership

The Benn Partnership – helping a community to tackle social issues

The Benn Partnership Centre is located in a deprived area of Rugby. It provides a platform for a range of issues including domestic violence, benefits, depression, alcoholism, childcare and immigration. The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund has contributed £xx,000 over x years to help fund a Beyond Recession project to try to help the residents in specific areas of the town in coping with the effects of recession by identifying affordable, practical, sustainable, new and innovative solutions to their problems. The photo here shows the initiative’s Work Club in action.

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The Bradby Club

The Bradby Club – advising young people on substance misuse

The Bradby Club has been providing a much valued focus for young people in Rugby since 1919. Open four nights a week in term time, its clubhouse offers a safe place in which to enjoy a variety of indoor activities plus visits and other activities at weekends and in holidays. The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund has contributed £20,000 over two years to enable the club to mount a substance misuse project through employment of a youth worker who runs counselling sessions and visits schools and other venues. In 2012, the substance misuse worker provided informal education sessions to over 800 young people from Rugby schools, colleges and other youth establishments.

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Futures Unlocked

Futures Unlocked – breaking the cycle of reoffending

Futures Unlocked aims to help people coming out of prison to build new lives and break their cycle of reoffending. In doing so, it makes the local community a safer place to live. It was launched as a local project at HMP Prison at Onley near Rugby in 2010 and in its first year received 81`referrals of which 45 involved people who would be released into the Rugby and Warwickshire area. Of those mentored in the first year, the reoffending rate was substantially below the national average. The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund contributed £xx,000 over x years towards a community chaplain and training a team of volunteer mentors.

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Wisdom Day Hospice

Wisdom Day Hospice - activities and entertainment that add quality to life

The Wisdom Day Hospice at Rochester in Kent offers activities and entertainment to patients, who can travel from home with the help of hospice volunteer drivers, as well as patients on the ward who are feeling a little better.

There are 15 beds at the hospice for patients to use when their symptoms become too severe to be managed at home. The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund contributed £x to the building of a new day unit which was opened in 2004 the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices– care and support for young people and their families

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund has been a long term supporter of the fund and has donated well over half a million pounds in total.

In tandem with a Lottery grant, its initial donation of £452,000 in 2001-02 funded the first designated UK education and training centre for children’s hospices. The fund has subsequently supported ongoing training programmes and an outdoor play area.

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South Ferriby village hall

South Ferriby Village Hall - a bold new future

The Trustees of South Ferriby Village Hall were delighted to receive a donation of some £80,000 from the fund. The hall was originally constructed in 1910 as a Church Institute, and this donation, together with contributions of time and materials, allowed it to be completely refurbished. The work was undertaken in two concentrated periods during the summers of 2008 and 2009 as the hall remained in use as a pre-school throughout. Care was taken, using original photographs, to reinstate some of the Edwardian features. At the same time, there was considerable emphasis on the hall becoming environmentally friendly. It now has a highly efficient boiler and excellent insulation. The refurbished hall was opened in September 2009 and it has been well used ever since. It featured prominently in the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of 2012.

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Rugby Gymnastics Club

Rugby Gymnastics Club – boosting the aspirations of young people with potential

Rugby Gymnastics Club is a long-established club which coaches boys and girls at all levels from pre-school through to elite standard and competitive squads. It does so in a safe and friendly environment provided by professional coaches. While the skills it teaches are personal ones, it relies heavily on its equipment.

The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund responded to a plea for £14,000 to provide the club with its own “tumble track”. The track cushions the effect of airborne activity on wrists, ankles and knees which can otherwise suffer. Previously, club members had to travel to Coventry to use a tumble track – limited practice with such a facility put them at a disadvantage in competitions.

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