Grants Policy & Support Services

Policy

  • Grants made by Wantok Support will be directed towards implementing the objectives of the charity.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a supporting reference from a reasonable referee (via religious leader, teacher, lawyer, doctor or such authority as the trustees deem reasonable) or an approved referring agency.
  • Each request for a grant must be made on a separate official application form.
  • The fully completed application form and supporting documentation must be sent to the chairperson.
  • You may receive letters, telephone calls, emails or personal visits as part of our assessment process.
  • Trustees will meet together to discuss the application and normally, applicants will be notified within 5 working days of the trustees receiving the application.
  • Please note that the decision of the trustees on your application is final.
  • Grants are limited to a maximum of £250.
  • If you receive an award, you cannot apply again to us for another 2 years, but if you do not receive an award, you can apply again after 6 months.

Wantok Support does NOT make grants for any of the following:

  • Fines for criminal offences.
  • Debts to central or local government e.g. tax and national insurance.
  • Business debts.
  • Gifts (such as toys for birthdays, Christmas or other festivals).
  • Catalogues, credit cards, personal loans and other forms of non-secured loans.
  • Private education or training needs.
  • Bankruptcy and Debit Relief Order.
  • Deposits to secure accommodation, including rent arrears.
  • Holidays and respite care.
  • Over payments of benefits.
  • Funeral expenses or travel costs to funerals.

Support Services

Wantok Support seeks to provide the following services.

Basic Necessities

The basic necessities that will be provided are: food (e.g. tea / coffee, milk, sugar, eggs, bread etc); adult and children’s clothing including baby items; personal care items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste; bed linen (sheets, pillow cases, duvets); household furniture e.g. table, chairs or beds; kitchen equipment (e.g. cups, saucepans, plates, kettle, cutlery).

Please note that this is NOT a definitive or exhaustive list and that alcohol or cigarettes will NOT be provided.

Recipients should ask a referee or referring agency to complete the grant application form on their behalf.

Larger Household Furniture

This includes single / double beds; electrical appliances (washing machines, fridge / freezer, televisions).

Signposting, Providing Advice or Counselling

The High Commissioner for Papua New Guinea and the Chairperson will be the initial contacts for signposting. They will then assess the situation and if appropriate, delegate responsibility to other Trustees, depending on their experience and knowledge. This may mean referring them to organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, council offices, job centres, housing (refuge centres), benefits office, doctors, dentists, domestic abuse helplines, women’s aid and other appropriate helplines etc.

Travel Expenses

This will be at the discretion of the trustees.

Acting as a Language Interpreter

Trustees would be able to assist with language barriers at airports or other government offices.

Again, this is NOT an exhaustive list and other items, services or facilities may be available if it will make a difference to the life of the individual or family.

Please contact us to find out more.

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