Local alliance boosts worthy causes in Welwyn Garden City, Potters Bar and Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 11:14 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:25 07 August 2017

Representatives from ARISE Hatfield partners with the recipients of the Hatfield groups given funding by the alliance. Picture: Danny Loo

Representatives from ARISE Hatfield partners with the recipients of the Hatfield groups given funding by the alliance. Picture: Danny Loo

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Cash awards will help fill empty stomachs, shelter the homeless, expose young people to arts and spruce up outside spaces.

Onslow St Audrey's School's Lisa Charalambous is presented with a cheque from ARISE Hatfield by Ocado head of corporate affairs Suzanne Westlake. Picture: Danny Loo Onslow St Audrey's School's Lisa Charalambous is presented with a cheque from ARISE Hatfield by Ocado head of corporate affairs Suzanne Westlake. Picture: Danny Loo

Hatfield ARISE (Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise) recently handed out five cheques to worthy causes in Hatfield Business Park.

ARISE is a grant-making partnership between the Galleria shopping centre, Gascoyne Cecil Estates who manage Hatfield House, Ocado and cleaning business Interserve.

Every quarter the group makes a call for applications for up to £1,000 from groups that improve the lives of Hatfield residents.

The Hatfield Night Shelter is a new project that will use its award of £1,000 to set up a shelter for rough sleepers in the upcoming winter months.

Representatives from Hatfield Foodbank are presented with a cheque from ARISE Hatfield by Ocado head of corporate affairs Suzanne Westlake. Picture: Danny Loo Representatives from Hatfield Foodbank are presented with a cheque from ARISE Hatfield by Ocado head of corporate affairs Suzanne Westlake. Picture: Danny Loo

Using a previous award from ARISE in 2016, they pioneered a ‘rough sleeper pack’ that provides basic essentials and encourages vulnerable people to stay in touch with local services.

Pupils at Onslow St Audrey’s Schools will head backstage at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar to see Cinderella and learn about careers in the arts, thanks to an award of £287.20.

Old Hatfield Residents Association will use their award of £742 to buy specialised garden equipment to ensure neighbourhoods stay spruced up.

Gracemead Church will be adding a much-needed kitchen to its facility using £1,000 of ARISE funding.

Mike and Heather Dyce from Gracemead Church are presented with a cheque from ARISE Hatfield by Ocado head of corporate affairs Suzanne Westlake. Picture: Danny Loo Mike and Heather Dyce from Gracemead Church are presented with a cheque from ARISE Hatfield by Ocado head of corporate affairs Suzanne Westlake. Picture: Danny Loo

Finally, an award of £1,000 will go toward setting up Hatfield Food Bank, a partnership between three Hatfield churches and the Trussell Trust.

“There’s quite a lot of initial costs to get up and running, so this goes a long way,” said Dominic Long, senior pastor at King’s Community Church. “We hope this can bring a little light to people’s lives.”

ARISE Hatfield has provided funding to more than 42 different projects totalling over £39,000 since the initiative first began in 2013.

Any group or individual working to improve lives in Hatfield can apply by contacting Karina Barden at karina@almarketing.com or calling 01707 275050 for an application form. The deadline for the next round of applications is October 9.

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