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Hornchurch care charity secures more funding

PUBLISHED: 13:44 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:44 10 November 2015

Tapestry chief executive Tony Lowe, Rob Wilson MP, Dame Angela Watkinson MP and Lesley Buckland, chair of board of trustees at Tapestry

Tapestry chief executive Tony Lowe, Rob Wilson MP, Dame Angela Watkinson MP and Lesley Buckland, chair of board of trustees at Tapestry

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A leading Hornchurch care charity has won more funding through a £1.5million government scheme, which was announced at its headquarters yesterday.

Tapestry, formerly Age Concern Havering, operates across the borough and in Barking and Dagenham. It provides support for the elderly – but also for carers and younger people with early-onset dementia.

MP Rob Wilson, minister for civil society, visited Hopwa House, Inskip Drive to announce the second round of the Impact Readiness Fund (IRF) – which will support more than 50 organisations.

Tapestry received a £25,000 grant in the first IRF round in February 2015, helping it secure another £46,000 through social investment and public contracts.

Anthony Lowe, Tapestry chief executive, said the support from the fund has been extremely important and opened the door to more investment.

He said: “It will make a huge difference to enabling older adults to live healthy and fulfilled lives at home and within their communities.”

The IRF, managed by the Social Investment Business, has provided more than £340 million in grants and loans to 1,300 charities and social enterprises since 2002. This time, the grants will be between £25,000 and £100,000.

Mr Wilson, said: “The Impact Readiness Fund has helped Tapestry unlock nearly double the amount of funding, making a huge difference to the lives of older people in the local area. This second round of funding will build on the huge success of the first round, helping to build a truly compassionate society”

To apply for funding, visit sibgroup.org.uk/impact-readiness-fund/ before January 8.


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