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Community response grants

Published on Friday, 15th May 2020

Community response grants

Thirteen Hambleton based community groups have benefitted from a new grant scheme set up to offer support through the coronavirus pandemic.

They have received a share of £5,270 to help them support vulnerable people and emerging community issues.

But the Hambleton District Council scheme still has another £6,000 to hand out and is urging organisations to apply.

The Community Response grants offer voluntary and community groups emergency funding to help support those who are most vulnerable in the community and who are shielding or self-isolating.  Grants of up to £500 are available to help with costs of initiatives that are providing food supplies, prescription delivery services, telephone befriending services or communication costs to reduce isolation.   

To qualify the groups must:  be a voluntary organisation, community group, small charity or other not for profit organisation with a management committee and; have a bank account in the group’s name; and follow all Government advice and guidance in relation to the coronavirus emergency:

Groups that have claimed so far include:  Community Works; York LGBT – Northallerton Support Group; Hambleton Community Action; Morton on Swale Parish Council; Romanby Parish Council; Hutton Rudby Methodist Church – Community Hub; Stokesley Community Care Association; Easingwold Community Care Association; Rural Arts North Yorkshire; Herriot Hospice Homecare and Bedale Community Meals on Wheels.

  • Romanby Parish Council has used their grant towards the community response which has included establishing a street warden scheme to provide those in need with someone close by who could do their shopping, pick up medication/prescriptions, exercise pets, or just be someone to talk to.  Their 48 volunteers have helped over 90 elderly/vulnerable people with the district council grant proving vital funding for official volunteer badges, leaflets, specific food costs for extremely vulnerable individuals and travel expenses.  “Romanby Parish Council is extremely grateful for the Hambleton District Council grant, as it is allowing us to effectively run our support for residents, without the worry about incidental costs, thereby allowing us to provide the best for those who need our help in the Parish,” said Councillor Stuart Bradnam, Chairman.