The elderly and vulnerable will be prioritised after Ashfield District Council announced that it will be giving an extra £10,000 to community groups.
This is on top of the £10,000 community fund that has already been set aside to help community groups recover after Coronavirus. In total, the 2020/21 Community Fund will now be £20,000.
The extra £10,000 for the Ashfield Community Fund will focus on helping community groups supporting the most vulnerable in the District.
The fund helps local voluntary organisations each year. The money will be distributed to organisations who are supporting Ashfield’s excellent response to Coronavirus. The main focus will be on helping organisations with the supply of food to the elderly and most vulnerable. The Nottinghamshire Community Hub have highlighted this as the biggest issue currently faced by residents.
Some of the organisations that will benefit from the funding include Ashfield Voluntary Action, Our Centre and foodbanks across the District.
The Council will contact these organisations and invite them to apply for the funding. The application process is simple and payments will be fast tracked to ensure the money is there when needed the most.
Councillor Kier Barsby, Cabinet Member for Health said “Our voluntary groups do such an amazing job. They are providing such a crucial service to those most affected by the current Coronavirus crisis. That is why to thank and assist them, we
will be distributing the funding to voluntary organisations across our District. The Ashfield Community Fund is there to help local voluntary organisations, and this money will help keep the Districts most vulnerable safe. The extra funding will provide a much needed boost so they can continue their amazing work.”
Teresa Jackson, Manager at Ashfield Voluntary Action said “The staff at Ashfield Voluntary Action have been proud to support the Ashfield community throughout the Coronavirus crisis. All of our staff have been working from home but helping to respond to phone calls and emails requesting help, signposting and organising volunteers to shop for those who can’t get out. We are here to help and appreciate the recognition and support given to us by Ashfield District Council.”
Reverend Chris Ibbs of Selston Church of Christ said “We have had an overwhelming community spirited response to our food bank parcels and cooked meals we are providing to our local vulnerable families. The funding will help us to support more people in the rural areas of the District.”
The Council is supporting the local foodbanks and liaising with supermarkets and volunteer organisations across Ashfield in order to ensure a co-ordinated response for residents.
Yvonne Campbell, Hucknall Foodbank Manager at Under One Roof adds “In the last month, the number of households we are providing food parcels to have increased by 60%. The additional funds will help us considerably in giving extra support to the people that need it during these challenging times.”
If you are staying at home because of Coronavirus and need help with accessing food, money advice or other support, you can call Nottinghamshire County Council's Hub on 0300 500 8080 between 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday or find more details at www.ashfield.gov.uk/coronavirus