Bentley Motors and Cheshire Community Foundation are pleased to confirm details of the local organisations that have successfully secured grants to deliver projects targeting Covid recovery in Crewe over the next 12 months.
The one-off grants, which range from £7,800 to £25,000 have been awarded to projects that tackle food poverty; mental health and wellbeing; debt relief and financial education – recognising that many people will have been affected by all three issues as a result of the Covid pandemic. Enhancing servies across these key areas will support people needing joined up support. Over 5,000 individuals are expected to benefit first hand across the eleven projects funded.
The successful applicants include Motherwell the women’s mental health charity, Pennysmart money advice organisation, and Chance Changing Lives community pantry. These projects will have a real measurable impact, directly involving over 5,000 people, helping to rebuild their lives after the pandemic and sending positive ripples out through the community with an estimated 10,000 further family members due to benefit indirectly.
This new fund has significantly bolstered the funding available to local not-for-profit organisations in 2021, allowing them to focus on their vital work in the community.
The fund will support:
- Food and operating costs for a community pantry
- Food, staffing and fuel for a food bank to deliver food parcels locally for those unable to collect
- Food, volunteer and vehicle running costs at a homelesness centre
- Counselling services for young women aged 13-18
- Grief counselling for people bereaved through Covid-19
- Schools based group counselling sessions for children and young people coming out of lockdown
- Salary costs, the recruitment of ten new volunteers and IT equipment for local citizens advice centres to meet increased demand
- Salary costs and staff training to enhance Mental Health First Aiders
- Training volunteer counsellors to enhance support at an LGBT+ charity
- Staffing costs and overheads to increase support available for a money advice helpline service
- The salary for an additonal debt coach in a debt counselling organisation
Bentley’s Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT, Dr Astrid Fontaine comments:
Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, commented: