Hopkins Homes launches new £250K community fund
to support good causes across Suffolk

Left to Right: Stephen Singleton, Simon Bryan, Selina Tollemache Hopkins, James Hopkins, Tim Holder

Left to Right: Stephen Singleton, Simon Bryan, Selina Tollemache Hopkins, James Hopkins, Tim Holder

Suffolk-based housing developer Hopkins Homes has further cemented its role as a charity-focused business by launching the ‘Building Communities’ Fund. This new £250,000 endowment fund will support good causes throughout Suffolk, with grants ranging from £500 to £5,000 awarded twice a year.

The fund has been set up specifically to complement Hopkins Homes’ housebuilding programme by supporting organisations and activities that help bring communities together and support the most vulnerable.  Key themes that will be supported through the fund are:

·   Homelessness and displacement
·  Deprivation
·  Vulnerable people

The endowment has been established with support from Transforming Suffolk Investment Fund.

Suffolk Community Foundation (SCF) will be administering the first round of grants in January 2016 and will be contacting charities and community groups across the county in advance to encourage bids.  Further details of how to apply can be found on both the Hopkins Homes website www.hopkinshomes.co.uk/building-communities-fund or by contacting SCF on 01473 602602 or info@suffolkcf.org.uk.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, said “Hopkins Homes is committed to building high-quality houses to meet a clear need for homes for local people. 

“We have also always been committed to playing our part in building communities.  One way in which we do that is by supporting good causes that help the most disadvantaged in society. I am very pleased that we have been able to create a substantial endowment fund that guarantees support to these causes every year.”

Stephen Singleton, Chief Executive of Suffolk Community Foundation, added: “James Hopkins and his team at Hopkins Homes were one of the first corporate supporters of Suffolk Community Foundation’s work almost a decade ago. They remain prepared to step forward and support solutions for some of the toughest social challenges we face here in Suffolk.

“By creating this new sustainable endowment fund, they have once again deepened their commitment to the social cohesion and wellbeing of those most in need in Suffolk.”

Since 2007, a number of grants have been awarded from Hopkins Homes via SCF. These have supported a range of causes including those aimed at young people, the unemployed, women’s aid and those needing support from a Food Bank. Some of these include:

·         £1,800 donation to YMCA Suffolk to run a homework club in the Kirkley area
·         £1,000 to Town Pastors Lowestoft, to enable them to care for people on the streets
·         £3,000 donation to Anglia CareTrust, to mentor young people with a history of antisocial behaviour and other offences
·         £3,000 to support Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum
·         £3,000 towards the running costs of Ipswich Winter Night Shelter
·         £2,000 to Signpost Gunton to help equip a new food bank for Lowestoft
·         £2,000 for Ipswich Housing Action Group with an aim to reduce rough sleeping
·         £2,300 to support a youth worker for social clubs, under Young People Taking Action
·         £2,000 to St John’s Housing Trust to fund a 12-week ‘entry to employment’ course for the long-term unemployed
·         £4,000 to refurbish the residents’ lounge at Bury St. Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre

Hopkins Homes is the largest independent house builder in East Anglia, providing much-needed new housing across the region, and one of the largest suppliers of affordable homes. Developments currently under construction alone will deliver more than 450 affordable homes.

Hopkins Homes also creates and supports many hundreds of jobs locally and regionally, both directly and indirectly through the design and construction of the homes, as well as materials supply chains and the use of local companies to provide services, ranging from carpenters and scaffolders to interior designers.

For more information about Hopkins Homes please visit www.hopkinshomes.co.uk

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