Builder's boost for community groups

The donations have been awarded by the Hopkins Homes grants panel, in partnership with Cambridge Community Foundation, and will provide £13,500 to a variety of charities and community groups across Cambridge.

The Hopkins Charitable Fund launched in October 2017 and saw the award-winning housebuilder commit to donating £500,000 over five years to charities and good causes in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

The charity tackles hard-hitting issues within the community, offering support to groups working to bring people together and improve lives. The grants awarded in this round include:

* £3,000 to Meadows Children and Family Wing towards staff costs for delivery of their programmes supporting victims of domestic violence and their children and the provision of family support drop-ins in a deprived area of Cambridge.

* £3,000 to Link to Change towards the costs of their Dodgems Project, a unique project that supports boys and young men aged 10-18 who are victims of child sexual exploitation.

* £2,000 to Cogwheel Soham towards provision of 12 weeks of counselling sessions for people on low incomes.

* £2,000 to Huntingdon Area Money Advice Service towards admin costs of their debt relief service in Godmanchester and Huntingdon.

* £2,000 to Red2Green Ely for their mental health project providing support to isolated people across rural Cambridgeshire, drop-ins are held in Ely and Soham.

* £1,500 to Kings Hedges Family Support Project towards staff costs of their weekly four hour drop-in session for families in East Chesterton which has some of the most deprived areas in Cambridge.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, said: "Hopkins Homes is committed to playing a part in building communities not just homes. One way we strive to do this is by supporting good causes that help the most disadvantaged in society and the charities and groups that hold the community together. I am proud that we are able to support these grant recipients and I look forward to finding out more about the valuable work they do in Cambridgeshire."

Michael O'Toole, CEO of Cambridge Community Foundation, said: "We had a great response to the launch of the Hopkins Charitable Fund and received a lot of grant applications from local groups and charities. I am confident that the grants awarded will go a long way to helping some of the most vulnerable people in our area."

Applications for the next round of grants must be submitted by 1 November. Eligibility criteria and details about how to apply can be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Hopkins Homes is the largest independent house builder in East Anglia, and one of the largest suppliers of affordable homes, providing much needed new housing across the region.

Hopkins Homes also creates and supports hundreds of jobs locally and regionally, both  through the design and construction process and the many professional services engaged throughout the supply chain.