The Foundation has awarded almost £100,000 to charities and community groups across Birmingham within the first quarter of the financial year.

One of those to receive a grant was Aquarius Action Projects, a charity that helps people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling, which was awarded £18,000 to provide support sessions for families and young people in Kingstanding living with treatment resistant drinkers.

The charity is also set to train a team of volunteers to become mentors and leaders to deliver one-to-one and network support.

Emma Haley, Birmingham Service Manager for Aquarius, said: “We have worked in Kingstanding over many years and have a good understanding of the difficulties experienced by families and young people.

“Through intensive targeted support, volunteering and mentoring we will ensure that children and families of treatment resistant drinkers get the emotional and practical support they need and deserve.

“This grant will support Aquarius in achieving the implementation of its Involving Family Members Strategy, supporting our commitment to helping not only the individual misusing substances but those – often hidden – family members and dependants who are suffering hardship and distress.”

During the first quarter the Foundation awarded £254,000 to groups projects and organisations across Coventry, Warwickshire, the Black Country, Birmingham and Solihull.

Tina Costello, CEO of the Foundation, said: “We have awarded grants to some amazing organisations which have made an incredible difference in their communities.

“We hear from so many causes that are making a positive impact on people’s lives and we look forward to supporting even more in the future.”

For a full list of recent grants awarded click here. 
To view the 2016/17 Annual Review click here.