Community Group given lifeline thanks to Ashfield District Council Community Fund

Thursday 14 May 2020 Community Group given lifeline thanks to Ashfield District Council Community Fund


Ashfield Voluntary Action has received vital funding from Ashfield District Council’s Community Fund which has allowed them to open The Wellbeing Hub.

The funding follows the recent announcement that the Ashfield Community Fund has been doubled for 2020/21 to £20,000. The increase in funding will be distributed to organisations who are supporting Ashfield’s excellent response to Coronavirus. 

Ashfield Voluntary Action (AVA) are a registered charity who provide support to other voluntary sector groups throughout the District, as well as supporting individuals and families through a range of targeted projects.

The funding has allowed AVA to continue to retain Samantha Clarke in her new role at The Wellbeing Hub, after her previous position within AVA ceased due to lack of funding. Samantha now is able to support the over 70s who are currently self-isolating in various ways, from delivering shopping, lunches, medication to providing emotional support and arranging care provision.

Samantha said “It’s not just shopping, for example I’m currently taking lunch to a 94 year old lady on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays; as well as liaising with her family in Kent for the other issues that arise. I think all the staff and volunteers are doing this which show our care and support for the community above and beyond what is perceived to be the necessities of shopping and medication.”  

Cllr Andy Meakin, Kirkby Councillor and Chairman of the Council, said “It is wonderful that we can support this organisation and the fantastic work that they are doing in the community. Like many organisations in our District, Ashfield Voluntary Action are providing valuable support to vulnerable residents who are most affect by the current Coronavirus crisis. The extra funding is providing a much-needed boost so they can continue their amazing work.” 

AVA have also been working with St John’s Community Foodbank and the Ashfield and Mansfield Emergency Foodbank to ensure that no one is going without support during these difficult times.