What is connect4communities?
The purpose of the connect4communities programme is to support vulnerable families and individuals who are facing hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic and help ensure children and young people do not go without basic necessities. It is led by Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council in collaboration with partners.
The programme was initially funded by the Department for Work and Pensions as part of their Winter Grant Scheme to support communities between November 2020 and April 2021. From 1 April to 31 December 2021 the Department for Education is funding the parts of the programme that ensure children who receive benefits related free school meals have access to a nutritious meal and enriching activities during the longer school holidays.
“We used the fund for extra food vouchers where a real need was identified and purchased a freezer for a family.” (Fair Oak Junior School)
“I think that our families have had amazing support and for that, we and they are grateful.” (Colden Common Primary School)
“Thank you so much for the voucher! We are so thrilled, I bought pyjamas and dressing gown for the children and some nice food too.” (Family helped through East Hants MIND)