County Council receives award for timely community sector support

Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2020 07:39

Leicestershire County Council has received a local award in recognition of its efforts to support communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

In March, the council set aside £1.5m to help voluntary groups continue their vital work and this new fund has now received a Leicestershire Cares Award – a nomination-based award given to organisations which are continuing to support local communities in unprecedented and challenging times.

All £1.5m has now been fully allocated to 160 projects across the county. Initiatives including a hospice, a homeless service and a charity supporting young, older and vulnerable people are just three examples of groups receiving money.

Councillor Louise Richardson, cabinet member for equalities, community engagement and rural partnerships, received the certificate on the council's behalf, she said: "I am delighted we are able to receive this award in recognition of the hard work and success behind the Communities Fund. More than 245 community and voluntary groups applied for a share of the fund to support the most vulnerable and I am overwhelmed by how many groups we've been able to help.

"This is a truly testing time for everyone and our thanks go out to community groups who are making a real difference locally, easing the pressure on key workers, social care services and the NHS.

"Finally, I'd like to send heartfelt thanks to Kieran for nominating the council. Like many other organisations, we are working with communities to strengthen our response as we navigate our way through extraordinary circumstances."

Kieran Breen nominated Leicestershire County Council and his submission read:

"In recognition of the agile and effective way you stepped in and supported the community sector across the county with your community fund. This swift action will save lives and deliver help and support to those most in need."

The Community Fund, which the council is being recognised for, was launched to ensure that voluntary organisations can continue to carry out vital work across the county, despite the impact coronavirus is having on their finances.

The Leicestershire Cares award-winning charity continue to rally praise for local organisations through their online campaign #TogetherWeCare.

To find out more about community grants and funding visit https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-schemes-and-funding

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