Winchester Community Fund

Supporting community initiatives

Since its launch in 2013, the Winchester Community Fund has helped hundreds of local charities, initiatives, schools, clubs, athletes, societies and hard-working individuals who strive to make a difference in their communities.

We believe that, by giving those groups and individuals a helping hand, we can promote health and wellbeing in the wider Winchester area through the environment, sport, music and dance, as well as providing vital help to those less able to support themselves.

The Winchester Community Fund is designed to support local community initiatives around where Simplyhealth Professionals and its staff are based.  We currently operate within a 15 mile radius of the Winchester area.

If your community group or charity is within 15 miles of Winchester please send your completed form or query to email: Winchester Community Fund.

For community groups or charities within 15 miles of Andover please send your completed form or query to email: Andover Community Fund.

Any community groups or charities South East of the River Test should contact Winchester Community Fund.  Community groups or charities North West of the River Test (please refer to the map below) should contact Andover Community Fund.

We do not accept applications from Basingstoke or Southampton due to the wealth of large businesses available to approach. 

Winchester and Andover Community Fund area

Age Uk's Winchester Lunch Clubs

Supporting Age UK

Our Community Fund has supported the 'Fit as a Fiddle' exercise classes as part of Age UK's Winchester Lunch Clubs. 

Here are just a few examples of who we've recently helped...

Dentaid Bus

Simplyhealth has contributed funds through it Community Fund for a mobile dental bus - operated by the charity Dentaid - who regularly visit the Trinity centre in Winchester to provide essential dental care for Winchester's homeless and other vulnerable people. The Community Fund team went to see the Dentaid bus in action at the Trinity Centre in April. The team learnt about the vital work Dentaid do and also chated to one of the patients who was benefiting from the treatment. A picture and article on the Dentaid bus and Simplyhealth's contribution was subsequently published in the Hampshire Chronicle. 

Trinity Winchester

Helps people who are vulnerable to the effects of homelessness, addiction, physical and mental ill health, poverty, social isolation and domestic abuse. Simplyhealth have delivered toiletries kindly donated by Simplyhealth staff and teams of volunteers have prepared and served lunch to 50+ people which is a great team building opportunity and is also part of volunteering in the local community.  

Read Easy Winchester

Are a volunteer group who recruit and train coaches to provide free one to one tuition to adults with reading difficulties. The Community Fund made a donation to enable Read Easy to expand the number of coaches and readers. Two members of the Community Fund team attended the Read Easy Celebration on the 18th June to honour all their readers and coaches and awarded to those who had completed different stages of the "Turning Pages" programme. A number of the readers told how learning to read had changed their lives and increased their confirmation and self esteem. Steve said that he could now speak without stammering and was attending a course at Peter Symonds College and another reader said he had now started to read Harry Potter books and could join in with karaoke.

Youths and Families Matter (YFM), Totton

Youth and Families Matter

Established in 1993, Youths and Families Matter is a locally based group providing front line services delivering welfare support to youths and families in the area who are at the point of need. They have received a donation of £812.50 to take disadvantaged families to Paultons Park in September.  This unique day will offer the opportunity for quality family time and respite away from sometimes difficulty family circumstances.  Co-ordinated and attended by YFM Family Workers, once inside the families can explore the park and hit the rides and attractions.  YFM were delighted with the support from the Community Fund and felt the Committee had a real sense of the value that this day has for the families they work with.

If you’re interested in applying to the Winchester Community Fund, please fill out this application form and email it to [email protected]

Please read all our rules which are printed on the Community Fund Criteria PDF of what we do and don’t sponsor, as well as fill in all the boxes with as much information as possible. The Winchester Community Fund meets on a monthly basis and its decision is final.

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