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Community projects awarded a further £100k in grants from Gatwick’s Foundation Fund

80 organisations and more than 46,000 people have benefited from the grants to date. The 21 projects that have been awarded in the latest round of grants cover Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

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London Gatwick has announced the latest round of grants from the Gatwick Foundation Fund with a further £100,000 awarded to 21 deserving projects across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

The grants are expected to benefit up to 7,500 people and the diverse range of projects in the latest round include:

Head2Head Theatre based in Ashtead, Surrey – a theatre company providing interactive experiences for people with disabilities
Mid Sussex Active, based in Burgess Hill, Sussex – a ‘Get Active’ project providing girls in Mid Sussex schools with the chance to take part in physical activity sessions they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to engage with
Nova Children’s Project, based in Tonbridge, Kent – a community crowdfunding project providing holiday breaks and weekend clubs for young people with disabilities

Currently, 80 organisations and more than 46,000 people have benefited from the grants and reported improvements in the services they provide, which cover four main areas: Employment, training and skills; Families; Widening horizons and Elderly people.

“Each of the selected organisations do incredible work in the local communities

The annual £300,000 fund is awarded in three rounds of grants across the year in partnership with the Community Foundations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, which bring forward shortlisted applications for funding. The grants are evenly distributed across projects in each of the counties, which receive £100,000 each. Gatwick employees also support projects close to their heart through volunteering.

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Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“We are delighted to once again be awarding grants from our Foundation Fund to community projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

“Each of the selected organisations do incredible work in the local communities and it is an important part of the airport’s community engagement strategy to support them with this vital investment.”

Area Education Manager, Malcolm Richmond, said:

“This funding will allow the Workers’ Educational Association to support older people at risk of social isolation to attend a range of activities in their local area where they will meet people of a similar age and interests. We will run a programme of courses and provide encouragement and practical assistance so they can attend.

“With the support of the Gatwick Foundation Fund they will now be able to benefit from increased social interaction with other students through attending classes and learning their chosen subject”.

Full-time volunteer administrator for the Head2Head Theatre, Anni Rhodes-Steere, said:

“In order to engage with our audiences of children with disabilities and their families, we create walkabout, immersive, multi-sensory experiences. For the first time, and thanks to support from the Gatwick Foundation Fund, we were able to create professionally designed sets and props that really ‘set the scene’ for our adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter and Wendy’.

“These magical sets helped the audience to follow the storyline as everyone moved to each new setting. We are delighted with our new sets and very grateful to Gatwick for the support they have given us and the special needs community in which we work.”

Community Development Worker, Becca Lundberg, said:

“The Posh Club in Crawley provides sparkly, glamorous, warm hearted, weekly entertainment and social events specifically aimed at older people in their 70s, 80s and 90s who are sometimes lonely, a bit socially isolated or ‘don’t get out much’. The Club received a £2,000 grant from the Gatwick Foundation Fund last year towards its ongoing running costs.”

In the first round of grants of 2018, the 21 projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex which have been awarded £100,000 include the following:

Sussex

Age UK East Grinstead and District

Family Support Work

Horsham Child Contact Centre

Rivers Learning Project Community

Christians Against Poverty – Crawley Debt Centre

Mid Sussex Active

Surrey

Dorking Nursery School and Dorking Rural Sure Start Children’s Centre

Fegans

Furnistore in East Surrey Limited

Head2Head Theatre

Reigate & Banstead Women’s Aid

Southwark Diocesan Welcare

Staywell

Tandridge Voluntary Action

The Compassionate Friends

Kent

Workers’ Educational Association

Friends of Holcot

Young at Heart Club

Compaid

West Kent Mind

Nova Children’s Project

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More jobs lost at Gatwick as dnata restructure their business

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More job losses have been reported at Gatwick through one of their ground handling firms.

dnata, who operate staff at Gatwick and at Heathrow confirmed the news that they were having to resize their operation.

In a statement the firm said that COVID-19 had caused ‘unprecedented disruption’ with ‘unpredictable demand’.

Sources close to the firm said that up to 80 positions at Gatwick had been lost with even more to go at Heathrow, although ndata had not confirmed the figures at time of publication.

dnata offer a range of airport service from ramp work including baggage handling and aircraft moving through to customer services.

A dnata spokesperson said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to global trade and industry and has devastated the aviation and travel sectors. The situation remains very fluid with unpredictable demand, schedule and capacity changes becoming the norm.

Considering this operating environment, and like so many other organisations that have been impacted, we’ve had to take steps to right size our business and ensure it is fit for purpose.

We have conducted thorough manpower assessments and have made very difficult, but necessary decisions to let some of our people go.  

We will strictly comply with all relevant regulations and provide all possible support to affected employees throughout the redundancy process.” 

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