NET – 1400 Groups Providing Wellbeing Support Receive Funding
1400 GROUPS PROVIDING WELLBEING SUPPORT HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL EMERGENCIES TRUST FUNDING TO MEET SURGE IN DEMAND
The Trust’s Patron, the Duke of Cambridge, speaks to Scottish charities receiving funds
Over £80m raised through pledges, with more than £30m already distributed
As the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Emergencies Trust (NET) reveals that more than 1,400 frontline charities and community groups supporting people’s wellbeing have now received grants from its emergency Coronavirus Appeal.
The Appeal was launched nine weeks ago with support from NET’s Royal Patron, the Duke of Cambridge, to receive and distribute emergency funds to communities in urgent need.
As conversation grows about the mental health impacts of COVID-19, the Trust’s data on grants awarded demonstrates the critical role that local charities and grassroots organisations are playing in supporting public wellbeing on the community frontline.
The new data was unveiled as the Duke of Cambridge spoke with two Scottish beneficiaries of NET funds who are providing vital mental health assistance: Finding Your Feet, a charity providing mental and physical support to amputees based in Paisley, and PEEK, a children’s charity based in Glasgow, which has seen a surge in demand for mental health support.
In its first eight weeks, NET’s Coronavirus Appeal received more than £60m in pledges from businesses, charitable trusts and the public – and distributed more than £30m of this to local charities and organisations supporting those in urgent need. Earlier this week, a significant pledge of £20m from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the wider insurance and long term savings industry took the pledge total to £80m.
“To say this crisis has put pressure on everyone’s resilience and mental health is an understatement. For those already struggling with mental health problems and isolation, the impact is devastating. It’s vital that during this crisis, we are getting support to exactly where it’s needed, fast, including to those charities and groups supporting people’s wellbeing on the community frontline.
“Throughout this challenging and uncertain time, when charities are still struggling to meet the new needs of their communities, pledges to the National Emergencies Trust help to support thousands of local charities making a difference to those in need.”
Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust
Through NET’s partnership with the UK Community Foundations Network (UKCF), support for its Coronavirus Appeal will continue to benefit a diverse range of local charities and organisations, including those offering vital mental health assistance, such as:
Finding your Feet
Based in Paisley, supports amputees and those with limb absence across Scotland. Launched in 2014, the charity fights against isolation and provides mental and physical support. Many of its members are ‘high risk’ and the charity has moved its counselling online, offering phone and video chats, created a private online support group as well as running virtual sessions, such as meditation and yoga.
Comics Youth CIC
Supports children and young people across Liverpool. The charity has seen increasing demand for mental health support, with over 800 requests in the first week. Working to provide a support mechanism for those struggling, it has been providing Stay Safe Packs during the lockdown.
Is a social enterprise in Lincolnshire working to empower young people. During lockdown, it is continuing to support the mental health of service users with telephone support and video counselling, alongside a listening ear service and delivering wellbeing packs.
Youth in Romsey
Is a support centre for those aged between 6-25 years old. It is providing remote support and counselling sessions for young people in Romsey and the Southern Test Valley. Through isolation, its 1:1 web-based mental health sessions with professional counsellors have been a lifeline for those struggling.
If you’re a local charity or group that would like to receive support from the appeal, you can find out who your local Community Foundation is and get in touch here. For more info, go to: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-network
NET Welcomes The Duke of Cambridge as Patron
National Emergencies Trust Has Distributed A Total of £12.5m As It Welcomes The Duke of Cambridge As Patron
Hundreds of food banks and distribution services for medicines and essential goods are receiving support.
Today the National Emergencies Trust has announced a further £5m of funding has been distributed to charities across the UK, helping those communities most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. This brings total funds distributed in less than a month from the launch of the Trust’s appeal to £12.5m; money generously given by the public, major charitable trusts, and businesses.
The news comes as the Trust is delighted to welcome the Duke of Cambridge as its new and only Patron following his conversations with two early beneficiaries of NET funds; the Moorland Community Charity in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Dal Dy Dir community farm in Powys, Wales.
“I think Britain is at its best when faced with a crisis. We all pull together and that community spirit comes rushing back quicker than anything else.”
The Duke of Cambridge
“After his steadfast support for the National Emergencies Trust from our launch last November through into this Coronavirus Appeal, all connected with the NET are delighted that The Duke of Cambridge has honoured our work by becoming our Patron for 2020. We look forward to working with him, and our partners in the UK Community Foundation network, to help communities across the country tackle the dramatic rise in food poverty as well as the many other increasingly pressing social issues arising from this crisis.”
Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust
So far, a total of £25m has been pledged to the Coronavirus Appeal with a further £20m in match funding promised from the Government. Further distributions will be made in the coming days, to continue to support the most vulnerable in society.
The money will be distributed through UK Community Foundations to 50 local community foundations across the country.
The appeal is responding to the needs of local communities across the UK and allocating money to community foundations based on local factors such as levels of deprivation and demographics in each region.
So far in the distribution process, community foundations have reported that the provision of food, medicines and other essential items is where support is needed most. A snapshot of some of the local groups already benefitting from the appeal include:
Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust
Based in Herefordshire, Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust is ensuring the delivery of food, medicine and essential items so that no one is going without. It is also running the ‘Ross Good Neighbours’ service, providing daily phone calls and check-ins for people isolating at home alone.
Unable to run its dementia lunch club, Hour Community in Suffolk is picking up the demand for the vital Meals on Wheels service, partnering with a local hotel to deliver much needed nutritious meals to those vulnerable and isolated in rural areas. They are also supporting prescription deliveries and shopping needs for those in isolation.
The Senior Centre
The Senior Centre, in Castlemilk, Scotland, is providing food and health awareness updates for more than 400 elderly people, as well as ensuring they remain connected through phone calls.
Bedford Street Community Company
Based in North Wales, the Bedford Street Community Company in Rhyl is making up meals and distributing food packages to vulnerable people in the community – following the closure of its community café.