TWO local charities are to benefit from grant funding thanks to the new Herefordshire Together Fund.

The Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust and the Ross-based @The Hub Community Interest Company are benefiting from a share of £136,363 along with 10 other organisations across the county.

The grants range from £1,000 to £20,000 and will be distributed by Herefordshire Community Foundation and supported by Healthwatch Herefordshire.

As part of the new funding Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust will have its core costs supported and continue its Ross Good Neighbours project which connects vulnerable and isolated people with services such as befriending and shopping.

Meanwhile @The Hub CIC in Ross the funding will enable the organisation to extend and develop their work to create a more resilient community sector. The organisation provides a friendly, approachable and non-judgemental space for individuals to seek support to improve their quality of life, build relationships and meet their needs.

Christine Price, chief officer, Healthwatch Herefordshire said: “As a county, we are leading the way in focusing on funding community-led prevention solutions.

“We know that loneliness and isolation affects all age groups and that increasing our community connection can enhance our sense of belonging and have a positive impact on our emotional wellbeing, as well as our life expectancy.”

Bridie Sullivan, chief executive at Herefordshire Community Foundation said: Community groups operate at a grassroots level, tapping into local needs and understanding where they can make the biggest difference. The grants will be supporting all ages from the very young through to the elderly, tackling everything from loneliness and homelessness through to bereavement and bullying.”

Councillor Carole Gandy, cabinet member adults, health and wellbeing at Herefordshire Council said: “I’m delighted we are working with Herefordshire Community Foundation and voluntary sector partners to look at creative ways to improve the wellbeing of our residents. Through these fantastic projects, support will reach residents and communities who need it the most.”

The funding has been made possible by Public Health at Herefordshire Council and is part of Hereford’s community paradigm shift where the focus is on funding community-led prevention solutions.