Last year saw communities across the country come together like never before, and Bank of Ireland played a small part by supporting local projects that promote financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

As part of Leinster’s affiliate charity initiative, throughout January we will bring you details from each county about local causes that received support from the 2020 Begin Together Community fund.

In Wexford, three local organisations received grants to support the physical and mental wellbeing of their communities.

For Hope Cancer Support Centre in Wexford, the Begin Together funding will enable expansion of its psychosocial classes which are a key service it offers to its users.

The classes provide people who have received a diagnosis, as well as their supporters and carers, with information on cancer and support strategies and techniques.

Active Connections supports vulnerable, young people through outdoor, adventure therapy.

The Begin Together money will fund the ‘EMBER’ camp, a bespoke programme of outdoor activity for young people with autism.

The camp will support the continued emotional and social development of these young people for whom mainstream activities and camps may not be suitable.

As well as supporting their mental and physical wellbeing, it will also benefit their families, providing much-needed respite.

The third grantee in the county is the MS Society in South Wexford, which will use the grant to fund its physiotherapy programme.

Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Community Fund will reopen for applications in the spring and works alongside Begin Together Arts Fund, and Begin Together Fund for Colleagues, as part of a multi-year commitment to support communities and local charities.

Find out more about the ways Bank of Ireland supports communities here.