Green light for Covid-19 Respond Fund grants

Published: Thursday, April 30, 2020

On online meeting of Wandsworth Council’s Executive has given final approval to the grants allocated to community projects tackling the local impact of the Corona crisis.  

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The £100,000 Covid-19 Response Fund was set up as part of the council’s response to the coronavirus pandemicThe aim is to get money quickly to organisations that are on the ground now helping vulnerable people through the crisis.  

Last week an online meeting of the grants committee recommended awards to organisations supporting vulnerable people and those self-isolating with food, medicine and other essentials and to promote activities to reduce social isolation. Projects were chosen that could have an immediate, positive impact.  

The committee also wanted to help organisations already working with the people of Wandsworth who face a sudden increase in demand for their services, or who need to adapt to new online ways of working.  Money from the Government was topped up with a further £20,000 from the council. The funding pot for the Wandsworth Grant Fund has not been touched and the funding process will continue. The next wave we will look at how the council can continue to support projects to tackle the impact of coronavirus. 

The committee’s recommendations have now been agreed and payments will start being made. 

Speaking at the meeting, council leader Cllr Ravi Govindia said: “We appreciate the work put in by the officers in turning round a record number of applications in a very short time and coming to a decision that reflects the needs and geography of the borough as well as the diversity of our voluntary sector. Above all a great thank you to the voluntary sector for stepping up in what is an unprecedented crisis for our community.  

There is a degree of partnership already established between the council and the voluntary sector as evidenced by the early award of the emergency grant from the Wandsworth Grant Fund to some specific named organisations and I think this is a partnership that will be sustained throughout this crisis.” 

The Battersea Befriending Network is a voluntary befriending scheme for users of mental health services in the borough. It will use its grant ttrain new volunteers to expand its service.  Befriending co-ordinator Richard Trout said: “Many thanks to the officers and to the committee for awarding that Covid 19 Response grant to Battersea Befriending Network and thanks also for the details of the further support which can be accessed to deal with the crisis.  Wandsworth Council is being brilliantly proactive in this regard.” 

The other successful applicants are: 

Sound Minds will use funding for equipment to enable staff to work from home 

The Home Community Café will provide more than 250 meals a week to school pupils, elderly residents, people who are shielding and the traveller community.  

Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK (MKA UK) has received funding for fuel costs and food shopping to support the local community.  

Paul’s Cancer Support Centre will use its grant to increase its IT capabilities to better support isolated people affected by cancer 

Carney’s Community will use its grant to provide targeted phone and online video mentoring support to service users, focusing on young people who are most at risk.  

Regenerate RISE has received a grant towards extra staffing, IT equipment and activity packs for more than 300 older people, plus hot meals and sandwiches 

Disability Sports Coach has received funding for staffing costs and sports equipment for a programme of home-based activity packs.  

Waste Not Want Not has received funding to support an increase in the capacity of its food delivery scheme  

Elays Network has received funding to meet growing demand for employment advocacy services  

The Katherine Low Settlement has received funding to expand remote support for elderly residents to tackle isolation and refer vulnerable residents to social services.  

The South West London Law Centre will use its funds to increase staff capacity and remote working in order to meet a growing demand for legal advice and support, especially from people facing financial hardship.  

FAST will use its grant to deliver services to young people remotely and also create personalised care packages for young people and their families.  

Rackets Cubed is expanding the provision of community boxes to vulnerable young families in Putney and Roehampton. The boxes contain food, household essentials and educational and activity materials for children.  

Hestia Housing Support will use its grants to provide portable tablets and Netflix subscriptions to victims of domestic abuse and their children.  

Citizens Advice Wandsworth will acquire new equipment to enable remote advice sessions.  

Be Enriched has received funding to help expand weekly hot food and grocery box deliveries to vulnerable people.  

The Al Muzzammil Mosque and Community Centre will use its grant to cover staffing costs to support voluntary work to maintain contact with vulnerable residents. 

The New Testament Assembly will deliver outreach services, especially to isolated elderly people and young families 

St Michael’s with St Stephen’s Church will provide care packages to those most in need. Funding will enable deliveries to vulnerable residents and to expand remote support to young people.  

Contact Wandsworth will purchase supermarket vouchers for vulnerable families facing financial hardship, provide activity packs and home school support for families with disabled children and cover the cost of online workshops to help parents support their children to be safe online.  

Spear which supports homeless people will use its grant to buy new equipment including laptops, mobile phones and white goods. 

Volunteers at St Paul’s Church in Wandsworth will shop for supplies and deliver them to people in need.  

Generate will use funding to support a volunteer-based shopping service run in association with the council to deliver essential groceries isolated people with learning difficulties. The grant will support volunteer expenses.  

BlindAid will adapt its service to provide support to 100 blind and visually impaired people by telephone.  

Further information on financial support for the voluntary and community sector is available here.  

Voluntary and Community Groups can also contact Wandsworth Care Alliance’s Voluntary Sector Co-Ordination Serice for free advice and guidance on applying for funding and responding to Covid-19.   More information here