The FatFace Foundation small grants fund was created to enable amazing causes anywhere FatFace goes to access anything from £50 to £5,000 from a pot of £20,000. This winter the Trustees recieved hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of appications which were narrowed down to these 6 incredible charites. 

Oarsome Chance are a Hampshire charity who focuses on young people who are disengaged from mainstream education and are at risk of exclusion and suffering disadvantage. Set up in 2016, the aim of the charity is to support young people who have ‘fallen through the net’. 

Young people, who through no fault of their own, are unable to discover nor reach their potential. Oarsome Chance use physical activity and learning in outdoor spaces as a way to reach these young people and the results have been life changing for so many. A donation of £4,447 has meant OC can purchase new mountain bikes and safety kit, as well as climbing and bush craft equipment. 

We are incredibly grateful to have the support of the FatFace Foundation, this grant is going to help us deliver outdoor activities to young people who would otherwise never get the opportunity to experience the amazing benefits of this kind of learning activity out in nature. Oarsome Chance’s programmes help young people overcome immense challenges – the mountain biking, climbing and bush craft we can now introduce will make a big difference in building their resilience and self-confidence.

Paul Napthine

CEO, Oarsome Chance

Scottish Mountain Rescue have 25 teams of highly trained volunteers across Scotland and the FatFace Foundation have donated £1,292 to help cover the costs of avalanche training courses for five volunteers. This support is vital for helping to keep SMR volunteers safe when out on winter call-outs whilst also helping volunteers save lives when people need rescuing. Time spent in the outdoors is good for both physical and metal health and by providing a safety net for people who get into difficulty in the outdoors and enabling safe access to the wonderful mountains and wild spaces in Scotland is hugely beneficial their communities.

We are very grateful to the FatFace Foundation for supporting our Avalanche Training Courses for Mountain Rescue volunteers with a donation of £1,292. Our volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in any weather. Winter call-outs in the mountains are some of the most difficult and dangerous that our volunteers attend. Thank you for supporting our National Avalanche Training Courses, providing vital instruction so that volunteers know both how to keep themselves safe in winter in avalanche terrain and how to rescue people caught out in avalanches in our mountains.

Paul Russell

Training Officer, Scottish Mountain Rescue

The Waterside Community Trust was set up on the Isle of Wight to support the community with recreational and leisure activities with a focus on water safety in the Ryde area. The FatFace Foundation was approached by Ryde Beach Lifeguard Manager, Todd Miller, with a proposal for the purchase of a brand new floating beach wheelchair. With a donation of £4,189, Ryde beach will have a surf wheelchair that has the ability to go in the water and float! It will be free to rent for anyone who needs it as well as being used by the amazing Wave Project. 

Freedom 4 Girls is a charity that works predominantly out of the Leeds and West Yorkshire area, with a historical and continuing presence in East Africa, to support women affected by period poverty. Providing menstrual products free of charge to over 100 community groups and individuals, amounting to some 36,000 period packs in the last year, F4G is a huge force for good. 

When women are living in period poverty, this often means they also cannot afford other daily necessities such as food and hygiene products. With a donation of £5,000, Freedom 4 Girls have been able to purchase a van which will make delivering the period products they make, buy and collect, so much easier. It means they can continue to distribute not only the period products, but also thousands of containers of hot food taken on a weekly basis to food banks and community organisations working in areas of deprivation and disadvantage.

Spark Community Space is a Portsmouth based charity that offers informal support and friendship to anyone who may be experiencing social isolation or loneliness. Their Cup of Kindness Cafe offers hot drinks, cakes and toasties on a pay what you can afford basis and is a safe space for people to belong when they might feel like they don’t fit elsewhere. SCS know how challenging life can be and how sometimes our spark can go out, that is why they are passionate about helping people spark back to life. A donation from the FatFace Foundation of £1,450 will help the charity set up and run some exciting new projects for the community in the New Year, such as yoga, knitting and a book club. 

This funding will support our Creative Wellbeing Programme with free activities and hot drinks because anyone who makes it through our doors deserves a little something extra when they get here to support their mental wellbeing.

Tara

Spark Community Space

Growing Well is a registered mental health charity, providing targeted adult mental health intervention through therapeutic horticulture that transforms people’s lives. Based in Cumbria, Growing Well have a 19-year track record at their flagship site in Kendal and have recently opened a second site at Tebay Services (January 2023) to address the growing need in the area for quickly accessible, targeted, and specific mental health support in the community for those experiencing a moderate to severe level of illness. GW provide a safe, non-judgemental, working environment incorporating knowledge, skills development, and support to nurture mental health recovery through activity and connection with others. A donation of £4,200 will help GW support their volunteer programme and provide a free hot meal to the beneficiaries – the sitting down and sharing of a meal together is an important part of fostering a sense of inclusion and belonging.