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JULY 2020 Letter to our regular donors
Despite being closed to the public we are keeping busy. Like many others involved in acts of community service, we have been supporting people through lockdown, getting on with maintenance [LED lighting upgrade] while the building rests, and, to ensure that the grounds are a sanctuary for people and wildlife, we continue to be caretakers to the burgeoning garden. Behind the scenes, volunteers at the charity continue to expend enormous effort in identifying and administering the various sources of Government [and other] support available to businesses, presently. In addition to this support, we would like to acknowledge the valuable support received from various sources. We particularly welcome the faith put in us by the Town Council which continues to give us an annual grant of £10,000. Thanks to the Community Foundation Wales we have been able to invest in PPE in readiness for re-opening the Centre once we are able to. A grant of £8,000 from the Moondance Foundation has meant that our Manager has not had to be furloughed and has contributed to covering our overheads. Without this support we would have been unable to contribute in the way we have. A grant of £5,000 from the Gwent Regional Partnership Board’s small grant scheme has paid for new kitchen equipment, an Evac chair and investment in the garden including two massive water butts.
There can be no denying, that as we learn to live with it, the coronavirus will be the main topic of discussion for a long time yet, and while we are mindful that old freedoms may be short-lived, Summer is here and talk of returning to work, school, shopping and holidays is beginning to take the edge off the lockdown experience.
We are currently making the community centre and grounds as ‘covid safe’ as possible so that when we are permitted to do so, small numbers of people will be invited to meet – outside at first.
As part of our ongoing commitment to families and children, we have been talking to funders and the outdoor learning providers, ‘Everyday Play’, and now thanks to a grant from the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations [voluntary services emergency fund] we will be offering sessions in July and August. For details of these, and all future activities and Notices please visit the website or facebook - or ring the centre on 07751666481.
From all of us here, we wish you a safe and happy summer, and please remember that we are here if you know anyone who needs us.
Sarah Lloyd-Jones & Nicholas Hoyal
Joint chairpersons, Abergavenny Community Trust