A TRIO of Colchester charities are celebrating after receiving crucial funding from the All In Colchester Alliance.

Formed by Eastlight Community Homes, the scheme exists to finance groups which improve local communities.

At the community housing association's recent spring meeting, with £3,000 ready to distribute, members voted to award the maximum amount of funding - £1,250 - to the CMA Debt Centre.

These funds will be used to run training sessions on budgeting, including guides on managing energy costs and cooking on a budget.

Age Well East received £875 to train specialist advisors to assist residents dealing with dementia, bereavement, and community isolation.

In addition, £875 was granted to Singing Mamas, a support group for perinatal mothers.

They plan to use the grant to establish a group in Colchester and provide refreshments at singing sessions where more individualised support will be provided.

Lisa Harper, Eastlight’s community empowerment coordinator, said: "We’re delighted to be able to support three important community groups in Colchester with our All In Alliance community grants.

"The groups continually support residents across the city, and we’re pleased to be able to contribute to their success with this vital funding."

For additional details, visit eastlighthomes.co.uk.