The Gurkha Centre Receives £7200 cash boost from Heathrow Community Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund

23/08/2021

The Gurkha Centre Covid-19 Community Response Project Receives £7200 cash boost from Heathrow Community Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund

A community project set up to deliver a much-needed social hub for our beneficiaries and support our volunteers with specialist fundraising and organisational skill has received a £7200 grant from Heathrow Community Trust working in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund.

 

The Gurkha Nepalese community in West London has become fractured and isolated due to Covid 19.  With this generous grant funding we will be running our weekly drop-in centres consistently for the next 15 weeks in Hayes, London Borough of Hillingdon starting from 9th September 2021 to provide a safe space to reconnect for our beneficiaries, mainly the elderly Gurkha Nepalese community.  The sessions will be delivered by paid positions providing specialist expertise from qualified health professionals and an exercise class facilitator. 

The Gurkha Centre is at a critical milestone and the scheme will enable us to benefit from specialist input to create sustainable options to rebuild and reconnect our community.  The scheme will help our CEO delegate the delivery of the project (with occasional welfare visits) and adopt a more strategic viewpoint, providing a strategic plan based on projected fundraising and seeking ways to upskill the volunteers through partnerships with other community focused groups and Local Authorities including Hillingdon Council.  

The organisation was awarded the donation under Heathrow Community Trust’s COVID-19 Hillingdon Response Programme which is funded by the National Lottery’s Community Fund. 

Responding to the announcement, our Chief Executive Bhim Tamang said: “The Gurkha Centre urgently needed this investment to deliver a much-needed social hub for our community and support our volunteers with specialist fundraising and organisational skills.  As a fledgeling charity, our current resource intensive support is not sustainable and grant funding such as this will enable us to deliver this essential social activity whilst upskilling the team and enabling our trustees and CEO to benefit from an experienced approach to fundraising.”

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