29th Oct, 2020

Wychavon community projects including Droitwich Spa CVS receive Covid funding

Harry Leach 13th Oct, 2020 Updated: 14th Oct, 2020

FUNDING has been provided to a number of Wychavon community projects supporting the ongoing response to the Covid-19 crisis.

In July, Wychavon District Council launched an initiative in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive.

The initiative, ‘Crowdfund Wychavon’, offered people a way to raise funds by connecting them with local causes.

A pot of £25,000 was made available to support 50 per cent of the cost of projects, up to £5,000.

And eight projects, including Droitwich Spa CVS, were successful in reaching their crowdfunding targets.

They received a total of £12,217 from the council as well as donations from 174 backers, including communities, local businesses and foundations.

The remaining amount from the council pot will be linked in with Worcestershire County Council’s fund which is called Crowdfund Worcestershire.

Leader of Wychavon, Coun Bradley Thomas, said: “It is great to see so many successful projects that have been made possible due to, not only our funding, but the community coming together to support each other.

“The past few months have been difficult for everyone and the Covid-19 crisis has not yet gone away.

“These projects will be invaluable in continuing to help those who need it most.”

The next round of funding aims to support innovative and sustainable community transport projects across the district.

The council has made pot of £150,000 available over the next three years (across six rounds of funding) to support these initiatives.

The maximum amount pledged to a project will be £50,000 or 50 per cent of the total project costs.

Visit http://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs for more information.

The eight successful projects:

– Caring Hands in the Vale raised £1,080 to continue running their foodbank which has seen an 80% increase in referrals since March due to the Covid-19 crisis.

– St Andrew’s Centre raised £2,309 which will go towards their renovation project.

– Wallace House raised £605 for their ‘Community Matters’ project which aims to provide support to the Evesham community through emergency support boxes and volunteers.

– The DAWN Project raised £10,834 to offer individual, face-to-face support sessions for women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.

-Droitwich Spa CVS raised £9,545 to continue to provide help to the most vulnerable people in the community. This will be done by implementing Covid-19 safety measures in their community transport, re-open their building and to hire a Project Co-ordinator.

– Evesham Volunteer Centre raised £505 to prepare and equip volunteer drivers to collect essential medical supplies from pharmacies and deliver them safely and securely to the community.

– Pershore Volunteer Centre raised £7,704 to support vulnerable residents in the community and to prevent social isolation and loneliness.

– Evesham Vale Welcomes Refugees raised £866 to help resettle Syrian refugee families who come to England so they can fully integrate into society.

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