Grant boost for local charity offering TLC to isolated and lonely

A THURROCK-based community organisation has received financial back to help it offer support to local people suffering from loneliness and isolation.

The award-winning ‘One Community in Tilbury Trust’, which received the Queen’s Award for voluntary service last year had just received a grant of £43,353 from the Building Connections Fund – which dished out cash raised by the national lottery and the Co-op Foundation and a donation from government.

The cash will fund two years of the Trust’s ‘TLC Project’ which offers free group therapeutic workshops, peer support through volunteering; and a range of various activities bringing people together to connect with their community.

Trust CEO Yewande Kannike said: “ “We are delighted to be one of 126 organisations who received this first- time awards up and down the country. Our successful application letter stated that this award is a mark of quality of the work you are doing in your community.

“This funding award will allow us to expand the TLC Project which was piloted in 2017 for the benefit of those who experience isolation and loneliness as a barrier to employment”

Minister for Loneliness, Mims Davies, said: “There is no one cause of loneliness and therefore no one solution. That is why we are working alongside a broad range of businesses, voluntary organisations and local councils to ensure that those who feel alone are best supported”

One Community Development Trust is a local charity initiative, created with the community for the community. Services run from the One Community Shop at 134 Dock Road (next to Tilbury Taxis) and include a work club, community fitness, support with Little Things that Mean Alot, Headstart to Employment, MoneyWise and access to training and volunteering opportunities.