Local charities operating in Richmondshire have received grants of up to £15,000 each from Two Ridings Community Foundation to support their running costs as they respond to the continuing double whammy of increased demand and decreased fundraising caused by the Coronavirus crisis and lockdown.
Home Start Richmondshire and AGE UK North Yorkshire & Darlington are among the charities to benefit from the hand-out.
This funding is part of the £750 million pot announced by the Chancellor for frontline charities across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.
These 22 awards, totalling £328,307 brings the amount distributed by Two Ridings in the last six months to £1,541,399.
Since the end of March grants provided by Two Ridings have allowed groups to respond in the immediate lockdown period to help keep people fed, safe, well and connected, adapt services to vulnerable users so that support can still be provided even if self-isolating and now allow key local groups to sustain themselves financially whilst other sources of funding from fundraising events or activities have dried up.
From supporting the reopening costs of services offering employability training, nurseries and essential day care for severely disabled young adults to helping with increased demand for mental health support, family advice and activities for children and young people, the latest organisations to receive a grant from Two Ridings include:
- AGE UK North Yorkshire & Darlington — Funding to for a food partnership coordinator who will map food provision and highlight gaps and create a food network with interested partners;
- Home Start Craven – funding to cover costs of recruiting additional staff and volunteers to cope with increased numbers of parents and their families asking for assistance;
- Moorlands in Old Goole – funding to cover costs of supporting disadvantaged children & young people;
- Community Works in Thirsk – helping the charity with funding to cope with increased demand for their mental health support services
- Boroughbridge Community Care – critical funding to ensure they can use their minibus safely. The minibus provides a vital means to connect isolated people in the area around Boroughbridge
- Humber Community Advice Services in Hull – Funding to deliver a range of services to support ethnic minority communities across Hull and the neighbouring areas
- Purple House in Hull – funding to assist with the costs of re-opening their nursery Covid-19 safe. This nursery supports children under 5 witnessing or experiencing domestic violence or family crisis
- Platform in Hull – funding to help with the safe re-opening of the day care facility for young adults with profound and multiple disabilities
- Home Start Richmondshire – funding to help the charity with volunteer recruitment & training as well as helping them to increase awareness of their services
- Sight Support Ryedale – Funding to introduce a new service “Sight Loss MOT” which will act to ensure that people who are blind/partially sighted can access information & support needed to maximise their independence, choices and wellbeing.
- Trinity Centre, Whitby – funding to cover essential operating costs o that they continue to support older, vulnerable people including those living with dementia in Whitby and surrounding rural areas.
- Scarborough YMCA – funding to cover essential costs so that they can offer activities for young people in the town, especially aimed at improving mental wellbeing
- Selby AVS – funding to help with continuation of tailored services to local residents in Selby
- Move the Masses York – funding to improve the charity’s reach and raise awareness of what it is doing