Council supports local community projects in their response to Covid-19

Wychavon District Council has provided funding to a number of community projects supporting the ongoing response to the Covid-19 crisis.

In July, Crowdfund: WYCHAVON was launched in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive. This offered a way to raise funds by connecting people with local causes.

Wychavon made a pot of £25,000 available to support 50% of the cost of projects, up to £5,000.

Eight projects were successful in reaching their crowdfunding targets and 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.

The successful projects are as follows:

  • 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, this includes replacement lighting.
  • 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 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 measure 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. This will be done by providing transport to medical appointments, delivering shopping and making regular welfare phone calls.
  • Evesham Vale Welcomes Refugees raised £866 to help resettle Syrian refugee families who come to England so they can fully integrate into society.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon, 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 is the Crowdfund WYCHAVON: Ticket to Ride Fund which 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.

A number of organisations have pitched their projects to Spacehive and will move on to the crowdfunding stage.

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