The Harpenden Trust is here to help the local community. The Trust has been supporting Harpenden for over 70 years, currently involves some 300 volunteers, is funded by the people of Harpenden and provides support for individuals, families and young people and financial support to community projects.
The Harpenden Trust manages two Funds:
THE CARE FUND is the original Harpenden Trust, founded in 1948. It offers support for individuals, families and young people within Harpenden. Last year the Care Fund spent more than £102,000 in:
helping 596 families with vouchers for clothing, shoes, food and utility bills
providing furniture and white goods for 82 residents
providing financial help to enable 93 children to attend curriculum-related school courses
funding a trip for 55 children and their carers to Wicksteed Park
helping 78 seniors with the payment of winter fuel bills
providing coach outings and a tea party for 157 seniors
donating Christmas parcels to 150 elderly residents
providing a befriending service to seniors with nine volunteers.
Income is derived mainly from the annual Christmas Appeal and from investments, donations and legacies.
THE COMMUNITY FUND provides financial support for community projects in the Harpenden area, with grants for specific projects designed to develop, improve or enhance their work or for facilities for their members and particularly to those organisations linked to youth and education and the elderly. Over £670,000 has been given since the Fund’s creation in 2008. All Community Fund grants are made from income from the Abbeyfield Endowment.