To provide help for low income families to buy essential items that directly benefit children such as beds, bedding and washing machines where real need exists and statutory funding is insufficient. A small grant can make a huge difference.
The Fund makes over 100 grants a year to families really struggling to provide for their children - families for whom there is very often nowhere else to turn. The Fund bridges the gap between what a family can hope to obtain from statutory funding and what a child actually needs - a bed and clean bedding for a good night's sleep, a cooker for healthy meals, a washing machine for clean clothes or perhaps a special piece of equipment for a child with a disability.
The Fund is volunteer-led and managed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation whose Fund Manager liaises with health visitors and other professionals who apply for grants for clients. In some cases, the Fund is a family's last hope of practical help. Low overheads maximise the number of children we can help.
To work as part of a small team of volunteers to help with administration and promote the work of the Hertfordshire Children's Fund. An ability to mix well and to take on organisational tasks, be flexible and creative in introducing new ideas.