Tilehurst Local People's Charity (also known as Tilehurst Poor's Land Charity)
The purpose of this long-established Charity is to provide financial grants to those in need, hardship or distress who live in the ancient Parish of Tilehurst, in other words living in Tilehurst, Holybrook, Theale or West Reading (a preferred area which covers mainly, but not exclusively, post codes RG30 and RG31).
Who do we help?
Each year the charity provides around £12,000 to help about 90 applicants. There is no typical applicant, but many live on State Benefits, and may have just been housed by the Council in empty accommodation, with no furniture, carpets or electrical goods. Many applications are from single-parent families who have no support from the other parent and find themselves with an urgent need to replace a cooker or a washing machine. Others include small grants toward the cost of further education or retraining.
How do people enquire/apply?
Applicants must complete an application form, which is available at www/tilehurstplc.org.uk
A supporting letter is also required and this can be from an individual such as a Social Worker, Housing Support or Resettlement Officer, Occupational Therapist, Health Visitor, District Nurse, GP or Probation Officer. Also charities such as Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Launchpad etc
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Stephanie Keighley
- Contact Position
- Clerk to The Trustees
- Charity Website
Some example of grants include:
- A single mother with two young children who had just left a violent relationship was re-housed in an empty property - the Charity provided her with a cooker, a freezer and a washing machine.
- Another single mother with four children, the oldest aged six, who moved into new accommodation - the Charity provided bunk beds for the two older boys.
- A married couple with two young children, forced to move to Reading following racial harassment elsewhere - the Charity helped to provide furniture for the family.
- An elderly lady in her 90s - received a grant from the Charity for non-slip flooring for her bathroom.
- A severely disabled gentleman and an amputee - each received a grant from the Charity for new clothes
Where to go
- Tilehurst Local People's Charity
PO Box 2802
- RG30 4GE
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