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£100k to support coronavirus crisis groups in Cornwall

£100k to support coronavirus crisis groups in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:25am 27th March 2020.

£100,000 is being provided to support crisis groups in Cornwall during the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at Cornwall Council say they are working flat out with the community and voluntary sector to help the residents of the Duchy who are most vulnerable during this unprecedented crisis.

As a priority, they are working with central government and local partners so that local community hubs are ready to respond where people in Cornwall choose to request the help they need.

As a result of the pandemic, the Council says it has seen a huge demand placed on crisis groups across Cornwall – the foodbanks, the homeless shelters and the soup kitchens.

To help ensure these groups can continue to support vulnerable residents, Cornwall Council has contributed £100,000 to Cornwall Community Foundation’s (CCF) Cornwall Coronavirus Emergency Appeal.

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The CCF has taken a lead role in providing crisis support, offering small grants of £500 - £3,000 to organisations in Cornwall, to cover the additional costs of supporting people during the coronavirus crisis.

Members of the public can also donate to the emergency appeal by visiting the website here.

“The coronavirus outbreak is putting immense pressure on foodbanks and other small, frontline community groups supporting people most in need in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Demand is increasing as a result of redundancies and isolation from usual support networks.

“At the same time, food donations have reduced due to stockpiling and local charities cannot get out in their communities to do their usual fund raising.

"We are very grateful to Cornwall Council for their quick response to this unprecedented crisis and for donating £100,000 to support the vital work of grassroots organisations.”

Jane Hartley DL, Chairman of the CCF

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“We will do whatever we can joining forces with our partners across Cornwall to protect our most vulnerable residents during this unprecedented time. The work of these crisis groups is always vital, but never more so than right now and I want to thank each and every volunteer involved in this amazing work.

“They are stretched by the demands being placed on them, alongside the unique challenges posed by the pandemic, such as the difficulty in getting hold of food.

“We are calling on central Government to direct supermarkets to introduce priority purchasing arrangements for foodbanks, so that we can make sure our most vulnerable residents are not going hungry in this crisis.”

Cornwall Council leader, Julian German

Anyone in Cornwall who needs help with shopping, collecting medicines or other practical help and support can request a volunteer by ringing 01872 265300 or emailing requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk

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