Longleigh Foundation makes strategic appointment

Cristina Andreatta has joined new national grant-giving charity Longleigh Foundation as director with strategic responsibility for developing its grant-funding programme and expanding its work across England.

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Cristina was previously Senior Network Engagement Manager at the Association of Charitable Foundations, the membership body for UK foundations and grant-giving charities. Prior to this, she held key management posts with the Human Trafficking Foundation and Migrants’ Rights Network.

Longleigh Foundation is a new charity which was set up at the start of 2017 by leading social housing provider Stonewater with a £1 million endowment for funding projects which focus on young people, the elderly, women in crisis due to domestic abuse, and residents with physical or mental disabilities.

“Longleigh funds a wide range of projects that are helping to improve the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community,” says Cristina. “Against a backdrop of ongoing welfare reform and economic uncertainty, I believe there is a great need for the type of support that Longleigh is set up to provide. I’m really looking forward to building on the great work that’s already been done and working closely with the trustees and the Foundation’s support team as we develop a strong and sustainable organisation that has the resources to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

In 2017, Longleigh’s grant-giving programme has been focused on supporting projects relating to community cohesion; isolation and inclusion; positive intervention; health and wellbeing, including individual hardship cases, and funding for strategic research for organisations such as Shelter. Projects which have been funded by the charity this year include a survival toolkit aimed at helping residents leaving a women’s refuge move into independent living; a national training scheme to help older people access vital support services on the internet, including the government’s new online universal credit; an initiative tackling loneliness in the community, and a scheme to fund youth social action projects in Dorset.

“We are thrilled to have Cristina on board,” says Sue Terry, Chair of Longleigh Foundation. “I am confident that her in-depth understanding and experience of working in the voluntary and grant-making sector, her excellent contacts, and her strong leadership skills, will be a huge asset to Longleigh Foundation as we embark on an exciting new phase of growth.”

For further information about Longleigh Foundation grants, business partnership opportunities and details of project eligibility criteria and the application process, visit www.longleighfoundation.org