ARISE – the charitable scheme founded by Gunwharf Quays – has awarded over £5,000 of funding to Portsmouth charities. 1st Portsmouth Sea Scouts has received more than £1,000 of funding, allowing the group to purchase aqua fleeces to keep the scouts dry and warm when learning to sail. Over £1,000 has also been awarded to North End Baptist Church for a new cooker, enabling the church to host cookery classes and prepare meals for the local community.
In addition, £1,000 has been granted to multi-sports club, Enable Ability, meaning they can now hire venues for weekly activities for disabled children and young people. Hope Portsmouth, a King’s Church charity who host community and charity activities including the Portsmouth Foodbank, has also received £1,000. The charity is currently refurbishing its hall and the funding will help create an accessible entrance with a new shopline door.
Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “ARISE has made such a huge difference to the Portsmouth community, awarding over £38,400 to 55 local groups and organisations since starting in 2012. It has been a pleasure to help ARISE support these organisations, who together provide inspiring and essential work for our local community.”
Furthermore, ARISE has awarded funds to Hilsea Lido Pool, part of the People’s Trust, for a new extraction board. This equipment is essential for people requiring rescue from the pool by static board. Loud and Proud, a youth volunteering group, has also received funding from the scheme.
Funding from ARISE is awarded through an application process in which any group, organisation or individual within the Portsmouth postcodes PO1 and PO17 can apply for tangible goods or projects that have a lasting legacy for the community. The deadline for the next quarterly awards to be considered is Tuesday 14 June and the application form can be found at www.gunwharf-quays.com/arise.