City Bridge Trust supports CARIS

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, has awarded CARIS Haringey £110,000 over five years, to go towards our food bank and advice service working across the borough.

The grant will fund the charity’s food parcel service which provides food to families in desperate need with little or no money.  Funding will also go towards advice workers who see people with multiple and complex problems such as destitution, fleeing domestic abuse, and complications with benefits.

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“Reducing homelessness in the capital is extremely important to us. It’s devastating to hear of so many people living in poverty on our streets, which shows the vast divides which currently exist in the city.

 This charity is proving the short term response of access to food whilst also looking at the long term and supporting people to have a better future, giving them advice to lead them in the right direction.

We are proud to partner with them, and we will continue to support charities in making the capital a better place in which to live.”

Gloria Saffrey-Powell, Director of CARIS Haringey, said:

“We see many families living in the private sector in unsecured accommodation at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords. Over the past year, we have helped hundreds of these families in different ways.

Our legal advice and advocacy is a lifeline and our English classes help parents to gain crucial skills.  We enable children to learn and play through drop-ins, a mobile toy library, summer play schemes, Christmas parties. Our food parcels are vital to ensure no child goes hungry.”

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.  The Trust has awarded around 8,000 grants totalling over £400 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.