Several local voluntary sector organisations delivering vital services to support residents during the Covid-19 pandemic have been awarded funding – totalling almost £22,000 – from the Adur Community Grant.

Each year, Adur District Council awards funding to not-for-profit organisations working for the benefit of Adur. This year, funding has been prioritised for groups whose work supports residents affected by Coronavirus.

Recipients of the award include groups providing bereavement and counselling services, support for victims of domestic abuse and those experiencing isolation and mental health issues, and essential transport and delivery services for local residents.

Councillor David Simmons, the Council’s Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“After carefully considering which members of our community have been most adversely affected by Covid-19, we have awarded funding to a number of groups that are supporting families in crisis and vulnerable residents, to enable them to continue their vital work at this challenging time.”

Among the recipients are Time To Talk Befriending (TTTB), which supports people over the age of 65 who are experiencing loneliness, are living with dementia, or are in crisis because they do not have access to food. TTTB will receive £2,000 towards the costs of running a telephone befriending service and providing emergency food and supply packages to vulnerable residents.

Worthing-based group The Daisy Chain, which provides pro bono services to men and women experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse, will receive £1,500 to enable them to support victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A grant of £5,000 has also been awarded to Community Transport Sussex to support them to provide transport for local residents to attend essential hospital appointments, assist with food parcel deliveries, and transport the children of key workers to and from school.

The Community Hub which provides support services to families in need across Shoreham, Southwick and Fishersgate, will receive £1,860.

The remaining recipients are Apron, Cruse Bereavement Services, Homestart, The As You Are Centre and VivaActive.

There will be a further opportunity later this year for local groups to apply to the Adur Community Group for funding for projects that are supporting residents during the pandemic.

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