New fund supports groups to help vulnerable residents
A new fund, set up to support organisations that are helping our most vulnerable residents, has already awarded £32,500 to voluntary and community groups.
The voluntary and community sector hardship fund was started by the council to help organisations that are supporting the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. It is also awarding grants to groups facing financially challenges during the pandemic and that may not survive to provide support services in the future.
Since the fund was launched four grants have been awarded:
- Cruse bereavement care - £7,500 to provide bereavement support
- Samaritans - £5,000 to help fund its phonelines
- 700 Club - £10,000 to continue its work with the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless
- Family Help - £10,000 to support victims of domestic violence
The fund is being managed by the County Durham Community Fund which has also added £25,000 to the fund from its own supporters who have rallied to support the region during the crisis.
Jonathan Dulston, Darlington Council’s cabinet member for stronger communities, said: “We want to make sure that our most vulnerable residents can get the support they need during this crisis and in the future. This money will make sure valuable services are available to those who need them the most at this challenging time.”
Michelle Cooper, from County Durham Community Fund said: “Darlington is already well known for the wonderful groups and organisations who provide crucial support to those living through traumatic situations. Supporting these groups now will help thousands of people who are struggling through lockdown, and make sure we do not lose valuable projects that help our communities progress. By working together to get funding where it’s needed, we can stem a lot of heartache and bring hope to those who are disadvantaged at the best of times.”
““We want to make sure that our most vulnerable residents can get the support they need during this crisis and in the future. This money will make sure valuable services are available to those who need them the most at this challenging time.””
- Councillor Jonathan Dulston, cabinet member for stronger communities