Cambridge children and families charity receives £2,500 funding from Hopkins Homes

Cambridge children and families charity receives £2,500 funding from Hopkins Homes

The Meadow Children and Family Wing in Cambridge has received a vital boost towards its support for local families and survivors of domestic abuse, thanks to a generous £2,500 donation from Hopkins Homes.

The charity, which as been running for 23 years, helps support families facing disadvantage and women rebuilding their life after domestic abuse, providing family drop-in sessions, practical skills and advice and a general safe space for affected individuals to feel at ease and move forward.

So far in 2020, the charity has helped 437 adults, 132 school age children and 364 pre-school age children, with support ranging from one-to-one family support sessions, through to engaging activities like virtual quizzes and scavenger hunts.

Hopkins Homes donated the money to support the charity’s work through its Hopkins Charitable Fund – a half a million-pound fund distributed to charities and community groups across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

The coronavirus outbreak brought new challenges for The Meadows Children and Family Wing Charity which saw a significant increase in people needing to access its services.

Joshua Hopkins, of the Hopkins Charitable Fund, said: “For people experiencing domestic abuse, staying at home during prolonged periods such as lockdown can present serious challenges and highlights the need for this vital work in our society.

“The money from the grant will help the ongoing delivery of contact and specialist support to local families and women to meet their increasing needs throughout the pandemic.

“Hopkins Homes has been part of the East Anglian landscape for over three decades and we are committed to leaving a positive legacy on our built environment to enhance the communities we are part of.

“We are delighted to have been able to offer support to this Cambridgeshire charity, a county where we are proud to have a number of developments, through our charity grant programme.”

A spokesperson from The Meadows Children and Family Wing, said: “The donation from Hopkins Homes is a truly life-saving contribution and helps us deliver our vital support to families and survivors who feel vulnerable, especially given the current pandemic.

“We have been inundated with calls over the last few months and have needed this extra support to continue to run our range of specialist services. Thanks to Hopkins Homes, we have been able to help survivors access safety and successfully rebuild their lives.”

Hopkins Charitable Fund is working with the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation through its coronavirus fund to support charities and community organisations in the county.