£60,000 coronavirus support funding awarded to North Hertfordshire’s community organisations

North Hertfordshire District Council is forecasting huge losses in income and extra costs because of

North Hertfordshire District Council is forecasting huge losses in income and extra costs because of coronavirus. Picture: Pixabay - Credit: Pixabay/No-longer-here

14 of North Hertfordshire’s community and voluntary organisations have received almost £60,000 in coronavirus support grants from the district council.

The Coronavirus Community Support Fund, set up by NHDC at the height of the pandemic, focuses on supporting organisations that provide food and essentials, mental health and domestic abuse support.

As such, community groups in Letchworth, Baldock, Hitchin and Royston have all benefitted from the grants.

So far, these 14 organisations have received funding:

Age UK Hertfordshire – £4,000 to provide mobile phones and tablets for vulnerable and socially isolated older people.

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Headway Hertfordshire – £2,000 to assist with the uplift in demand for services due to Coronavirus.

Keech Hospice Care – £1,500 to provide specialist, holistic care to children and their families.

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The Need Project – £5,000 to provide food for those in food poverty.

Christians against poverty – £3,500 to deal with increase in demand for the Debt Centre service.

Homestart Hertfordshire – £5,000 to provide assistance with the costs of supporting 23 vulnerable families across North Herts.

Growing People – £2,504 to run a horticultural programme to support adults with mental health issues.

Howard Garden Social Centre – £2,400 to enable the day centre to maintain a service for its users.

Ickleford Community Larder Assistance – £2,000 to assist with costs such as the purchase of food, delivery costs and promotional materials.

Letchworth Food Bank – £4,000 to purchase supermarket food vouchers.

Hitchin Food Provision team – up to £18,254 to purchase supermarket food vouchers.

North Herts Emotional Support in Schools Project – £5000 for running on-line and telephone counselling services.

Homestart Royston Project – £1885 to run a counselling services for families in Royston.

Baldock Coronavirus Support Group – £2000 to provide food boxes to those in need, a hardship fund for victims of domestic violence and fund to support projects to enhance mental health.

Councillor Judi Billing, NHDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement said: “Community and voluntary groups across the district are doing incredible work to support vulnerable people during this crisis.

“Groups have reacted quickly and come up with creative ideas so they can carry on helping the people who need them.”

Cllr Ian Albert, NHDC’s Executive Member for Finance and IT said: “Our emergency fund has been set up in recognition that the pandemic has placed unexpected financial pressures on many services and local groups. The extra financial support from NHDC will be vital.”

To apply for a COVID–19 support grant, complete an application form at north-herts.gov.uk/home/community/grants/coronavirus-community-support-fund

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