County Council pledges new community resilience funding to support Gloucestershire’s most vulnerable
Gloucestershire County Council has today announced the allocation of £300k of new funding to support local community groups across the county.
The funding, which will be divided into six £50k pots to be distributed by the district, city, and borough councils, will support the work of the Community Help Hub which has been helping to connect those who need additional help with those who can provide it, since the beginning of the pandemic.
The money will help to provide support for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, with everything from accessing food, maintaining all-important social contact and other daily tasks that they can’t complete while shielding. It follows a similar investment of £300k by the County Council earlier in the pandemic.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The impact that the pandemic has had on our most vulnerable cannot be underestimated, and the recent reintroduction of greater restrictions brings that sharply into focus.
“We have been working closely with our partners, voluntary and community groups across the county since March and it’s truly inspiring how people have come together to support each other. But there is always more that can be done. That’s why we have allocated this additional funding to help the networks already established in our districts to offer more help – I’m confident it will make a real difference.”
It will be allocated from the County Council’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF), which will also be used to fund a number of measures to tackle the virus and control its spread. The decision is set to be ratified by the Cabinet when it meets on 27 January.
Since March 2020, in conjunction with the six tier two councils - Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough, Stroud District, Cotswold District, Forest of Dean District and Tewkesbury Borough – the Community Help Hub has provided support to over 5,000 vulnerable Gloucestershire residents.
For more information on the Community Help Hub, go to: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/