SEVEN community groups in Hart have received grants amid the cost-of-living crisis.

The funding, given by Hart District Council under its Winter Grants Scheme, has funded projects such as cooking sessions, food pantries and parcels, wellbeing assistance, and community hubs.

The council invited groups, with schemes aiming to increase living standards and well-being among Hart's residents, to apply for the grants in January and February.

To date, £17,097 has been allocated, and further funding is brewing for future grant rounds.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Young carers at a Cook & Eat evening Young carers at a Cook & Eat evening (Image: Supplied)


The latest beneficiaries comprise of Cook & Eat Programme – Young Carers, Open Door Project – Fleet Phoenix, ‘Cook Well For Less’ sessions - Christians Against Poverty, Community Pantry Support - Yateley Industries, Community Hub Support - Darby Green Centre / St Barnabus Church, Over 55s Forum, Hartley Wintney and Community Oven, Hartley Wintney Women’s Institute.

Cllr Stuart Bailey, portfolio holder for community, said: "We all need nutritious food and warmth – but the reality is that many people are finding it hard to afford these essentials.

"Many residents have also experienced impacts on their health and wellbeing. This grant scheme will play an important role in supporting those who need it the most."