Objectives of the Organisation
To be a good neighbour to local families and individuals who are in need and to help local community groups to start up, improve or develop their activities.
The Harpenden Trust manages two funds:
THE CARE FUND is the old Harpenden Trust, founded in 1948. It operates through a group of teams to help families and individuals in need in the AL5 postal district. Last year the Care Fund spent more than £70,000 in:
helping 400 families with vouchers for clothing, shoes, food and utility bills
providing furniture and white goods for 47 residents
providing financial help to enable 60 children to attend curriculum-related school courses
funding a trip for 40 children and their carers to Chessington World of Adventure
helping 80 pensioners with the payment of winter fuel bills
providing coach outings and a tea party for 110 elderly people
donating Christmas parcels to 125 elderly residents
providing a befriending service to nine pensioners
Income is derived from investments, donations, legacies and the Christmas Appeal.
THE COMMUNITY FUND provides grants to community groups in Harpenden for specific projects and particularly to those organisations linked to youth and education and the elderly. Over £450,000 has been given since the Fund’s creation in 2008. All Community Fund grants are made from income from the Abbeyfield Benefaction.
In addition we have two HALLS FOR HIRE at the Trust Centre, 90 Southdown Road.
The Trust is run by volunteers, regular and seasonal, and we are always looking for new helpers.
Regular involvement includes making home visits, befriending, helping at coffee mornings and on coach outings, and staffing the Trust office.
Seasonal involvement includes our Christmas Appeal collection which provides 50% of the funds we need to support our work with families and individuals.
To see the full range of our volunteering opportunities please go to "How you can help" on our website www.theharpendentrust.org.uk
Volunteers receive full training and support.
Tel: 01582 460457 at any time. When the office is not staffed you can leave a message and we will phone you back.