Saints Community Development Foundation secures funding.

Saints Community Development Foundation secures funding to help support local people through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Local St Helens community group, Saints Community Development Foundation – which aims to lives of life of residents in St Helens and Merseyside – has received a share of £9.5million of National Lottery funding to help recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The £27,000 grant has been awarded through the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS). The scheme is led by independent trust Power to Change in partnership with Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business, and was part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, that launched in May this year.

The grant will enable the residents of St Helens to deliver online virtual sessions covering the areas of Veterans support, Mental Health / fitness, and Dementia support

In total, 302 community-led organisations have received a total of £9.5million through CCLORS to help recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The total includes 205 community organisations led by, or that support, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Grants of up to £100,000 have been awarded to community-led organisations in England facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown. It has helped them to launch health and wellbeing projects, develop digital education workshops and continue providing vital services for their communities.

Vidhya Alakeson, CEO of Power to Change, said: “Whilst Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on people right across the country, it has disproportionately affected Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. By bringing together this strategic partnership, we’ve ensured this much-needed financial support is reaching those communities that need it most.”

Chris Chamberlain, Saints Community Development Foundations Business and finance manager mentioned:

“Covid 19 has impacted on the whole country and the people within our communities. Saints Foundation continues to work hard amongst this pandemic and with the support of this grant, we can bring a number of our programmes to support the St Helens Community.”

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