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What we’ve Funded in 2021

Here we are pleased to showcase a selection of the projects we funded in 2021.  To see a full list of the organisations supported in 2021 click here.

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The Cowshed is a crisis charity that provides clothing and other items for individuals and families in Berkshire who are experiencing hardship. They provide good quality cleaned and ironed clothes and other essentials free to anyone in need, ranging from new-born to 90. Much of the clothing they provide is donated by the general public as well as retailers and manufacturers, but some items cannot be provided second hand, such as underwear, socks, toiletries, nappies, duvets and pillows.  The £3,000 grant was used to buy the new clothing items in support packs for 150 individuals.


Brookside Church/Living Hope Trust approached us for a contribution to the third and final phase of a major project to refurbish and extend their building to provide much needed additional facilities for community activities.  We were pleased to support this project with a grant of £4,000.  The grant covered the majority of the cost of a new emergency exit ramp and pathway to the side of the new extension.

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St Vincent & The Grenadines and Friends Association (Reading)


St Vincent & The Grenadines and Friends Association (Reading) wanted to improve their website and make it fit for purpose.  With our grant of £1,200 they have been able to get a professionally designed website providing lots of relevant information for members as well as publicising their activities and events.

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22nd Reading Scout (St John’s) Group was awarded a grant of £6,220 to carry out structural repairs and upgrade the facilities at the hut where groups of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet.  The repairs and improvements have given the hut a new lease of life and ensured its future, along with that of the Scout Group.  With increased and improved space the Group can offer Scouting to more young people in the community as well as other local youth groups.

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Before Refurbishment

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After Refurbishment

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After Refurbishment

The Group Scout Leader commented “we now have a hut which is structurally sound, has more space to run around in and has a properly fitted kitchen. The grant that you provided was truly transformational for us and we couldn't have completed this without your help.”

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Three trustees pooled their Trustee-Led grant funds to award Reading Rep Theatre a grant of £24,000 towards the relaunch of the Theatre’s multi award-winning ENGAGE programme that The Earley Charity was the first to support in 2014.  The purpose of ENGAGE is to improve community cohesion, reduce isolation and enhance wellbeing for children, young people and vulnerable adults.  The relaunch, called READING REP: REBORN, is a two-year multi-generational programme.  Over the course of 24 months Reading Rep will produce 10 professional productions, each accompanied by an expansive education and outreach programme or Participatory Project.  The project will deliver 1,000 hours of free workshops per year, reaching 10,000 people and collaborating with 50 other organisations.  It will culminate in an ENGAGE: REBORN festival at the end of the 2 years that will bring the organisations together for the first time, celebrating Reading’s rebirth from the pandemic and Reading Rep’s 10-year anniversary.  READING REP: REBORN will cost £300,000 in total and Earley Charity is delighted and proud to be able to contribute towards this exciting and worthy project.

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Green Health Thames Valley provides support for people with mental health difficulties through a tailored programme of horticulture-based programmes and activities.  The group received a grant of £2,000 towards 1:1 counselling support for clients with complex mental health challenges.

Close Partners

We provide regular grant funding to a small number of organisations in support of projects closely aligned with our priorities. These close partners are:


Organisations Supported in 2021

We supported the following organisations in 2021

  • 22nd Reading Scout (St John's) Group

  • Abbeyfield Reading Society Ltd

  • Apollo Youth Club

  • Berkshire Women's Aid (BWA)

  • British Islamic Gardens

  • Brookside Church/Living Hope Trust

  • Citizens Advice Reading

  • Community Savings & Loans (Berkshire Credit Union) Ltd

  • Connect Reading

  • Earley CResCent Community Association

  • Earley St Peters School Association

  • Graft Thames Valley Ltd

  • Green Health Thames Valley

  • Hillside Primary School

  • Home-Start Wokingham District

  • John Madejski Academy

  • Junction Arch Heritage & Arts

  • New Meaning Centre Bucks Limited

  • Parents And Children Together (PACT)

  • RABBLE Theatre

  • Reading Association for the Blind

  • Reading Community Learning Centre

  • Reading Food Growing Network

  • Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC)

  • Reading Ramgarhia Sabha

  • Reading Repertory Theatre

  • Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)

  • Rockets Sport and Educational Foundation

  • Spotlight UK

  • St Vincent & The Grenadines and Friends Association (Reading)

  • The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

  • The Cowshed

  • The Globe Luncheon Club for the Elderly

  • The Way Ministry

  • The Woodland Centre Trust (Camp Mohawk)

  • University Of Reading - Internships 2021

  • Watlington House Trust

  • Weller Centre

  • Wokingham In Need

  • YMCA Reading

Organisations Supported in 2021
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