Council supports Coronavirus Community Fund

City of York Council is urging anyone who wants to offer financial support to others affected by Covid 19, to support the Coronavirus Community Fund, set up by Two Ridings Community Foundation

The fund has been set up to offer local charitable or community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus.

Any funds received will be used to help local charitable and  community organisations support the people who need it the most. It will also work to assist people and organisations where there are no current suitable services, in order to maintain some level of viability through these uncertain times.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

“In such unprecedented times, I am encouraged by the incredible response from our communities to support those most in need, whether that is through formal volunteering opportunities, or simply by helping their immediate friends and neighbours.

“Many people have asked how they might be able to support others at a time when so many are faced with great financial uncertainty. In response, the council has worked closely with the Two Ridings Community Foundation, who in the past have supported the city’s response to flooding, and I’m pleased that they have set up the Coronavirus Community Fund to support those most in need.

“I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in donating, or any group who feel they may be eligible for support, to find out more online.”

To donate please visit: https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/coronavirus-community-fund/ and to apply to the fund please, visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/coronavirus-community-fund/.

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Fund, said: “We will work to make sure the fund reaches the communities that need the most support. We are in touch with local charity umbrella bodies and front-line organisations to see what’s needed and how funds can be spent.

“From our 20 years’ plus experience, we know a lot of these organisations and so will quickly be able to assist them. We expect the first wave of funding will go to organisations working with older and vulnerable people who are likely to be most seriously affected by social isolation and illness caused by the virus.”

For more information on how to volunteer in York visit www.york.gov.uk/COVIDVolunteering

email: volunteering@york.gov.uk

or phone: 01904 551550.

If you do not have any support, but need it because of the impact of COVID-19, we may be able to help you through this difficult time.  To get help, please contact us by:

Email: covid19help@york.gov.uk

Phone: 01904 551550

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