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Cornwall Council provides £100,000 to support crisis groups during Coronavirus pandemic

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

As a priority, our staff 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 through central Government. We will continue to update our communities as our plans are firmed up.

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As the Coronavirus pandemic develops, we have seen huge demands 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.

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 https://www.cornwallcommunityfoundation.com/donate-to-cornwall-emergency-coronavirus-appeal/

Cornwall Council leader Julian German said: “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.”

“Right now, 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.

“Arrangements are in place with local pharmacies to include prescription collection as part of this service. Volunteer Cornwall have over 1,500 individuals and 160 community groups registered to provide support – and they will always follow up with the individual to ensure the volunteering has happened and their needs were met.

“We have made arrangements  with the police so that volunteers registered with Volunteer Cornwall can easily identify themselves as carrying out essential activity.”

Jane Hartley DL, Chairman of the CCF said: “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.”