A crowdfunding appeal fund set up to help vulnerable people in the Mansfield district during the Covid-19 crisis has shared out £27,670 of the £35,691 raised.
The Community Response Network Fund was set up by the Mansfield District Council to be distributed to local charities, voluntary and community groups to continue providing vital support during the coronavirus crisis.
Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams said: “We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this fund. Most of the money has been shared out now but organisations can still apply for the remaining money yet to be distributed.
“The charities and groups we have helped have done some amazing work to support local people during these difficult times. I am really proud of how Mansfield has responded and stepped up to help those in need."
Among those to have receive grants are Autism East Midlands, Ladybrook Enterprises, for its Help at Hand project, which is supporting people who are high risk and shielding or isolated and have no one to help them, and the Life Church South Mansfield, which has been providing emergency food parcels for vulnerable local households.
Rob Hurd, Pastor at the Life Church South Mansfield, said: "This donation from the appeal has gone directly towards a food bank project to help some of the most vulnerable families in the Bellamy Road area and Oaktree Lane estate.
"This crisis has left some families in a really difficult position so this scheme has been a huge help to them."
Ladybrook Enterprises Ltd is a registered charity that operates from and manages Ladybrook Community Centre (William Kaye Hall), offering activities and services to help people in the area to improve their lives.
Its Help at Hand Mansfield project is currently helping 46 people who are shielding themselves. They have each been allocated a volunteer who calls weekly to arrange support such as shopping, collecting medications and providing telephone support for emotional needs.
Linda Nixon, a Help at Hand Mansfield Volunteer, said: "The people I help know they have someone friendly who will call them and help find a solution to their need. Since retiring, it has helped me to help others who are shielding, and it provides me with exercise."
Sharron Reynolds, CEO of Ladybrook Enterprises, said: 'We have been blessed with some great people who volunteer and have made a huge difference. It has been a privilege to speak to people ringing for help and hear their stories, too."
Daniel Pikett, Employment, Enterprise and Careers Co-ordinator for Autism East Midlands, said: "Autism East Midlands is extremely grateful to the Mansfield District Council for its incredible support.
"Many autistic individuals experience significant difficulties associated with changes to their routines, and this is particularly apparent during this time of uncertainty.
"We are pleased that this grant enables us to offer information, guidance and support to autistic people which will help relive their anxieties and increase their sense of wellbeing."
The council kick-started the appeal with a pledge of £25,000, while councillors have donated £3,600 in unspent ward allowances and the Mayor has contributed £500 through his Mayor’s 500 fund. Spacehive, which hosts the online fund, waived its fees, contributing a further £1,500 to the pot.
Members of the public contributed more than £1,100 and the fund was also generously boosted by Mansfield Rotary Club, which donated £1,000, and Mansfield Building Society, which gave £2,500.
Groups can apply online for grants of up to £2,000 at www.mansfield.gov.uk/coronavirus/fund (link opens in new window).
Anyone needing help from Help at Hand or who wishes to volunteer for Ladybrook Enterprises can do so by contacting: email@example.com or call Sharron on 07930 142745.
To get help from the Life Church, please contact Rob Hurd on 07538 954000 or visit www.lifechurchsouthmansfield.co.uk/ (link opens in new window).
Details about Autism East Midlands and the support it can offer can be found at www.autismeastmidlands.org.uk/ (link opens in new window).
Recipients so far:
Afghan and Central Asian Association, a national registered charity whose work includes support local based newly-arrived refugees, asylum seekers, BAME residents, elderly, unaccompanied minors and women suffering mental health problems, £1,800, for telephone support service costs for 12 weeks and volunteer adviser expenses. https://acaa.org.uk/ (link opens in new window)
Jigsaw Support Scheme, a Mansfield charity support people with mental health,dementia or hoarding issues, £1,980 for equipment, signage, PPE, and volunteer expenses. https://www.facebook.com/Jigsawsupportscheme/ (link opens in new window)
Mansfield CVS, £1,500 for phone and internet phone system for befriending and support, delivery expenses for the emergency food bank fund and utility costs. https://www.mansfieldcvs.org/ (link opens in new window)
NIDAS, Nottinghamshire domestic abuse organisation, £2,000 for laptops to allow staff to work remotely. http://www.nidas.org.uk/ (link opens in new window)
Unanima Theatre, a Mansfield based theatre company whose cast is made up exclusively of people with learning disabilities and autism, £2,000 for management and volunteer costs and expenses, telephone calls and zoom calls to provide telephone support and befriending. https://www.facebook.com/pg/unanimatheatre (link opens in new window)
Autism East Midlands, £2,000 for telephone, internet costs, zoom call expenses and staff costs. www.autismeastmidlands.org.uk/ (link opens in new window)
Samaritans, £2,000 towards running costs and enhanced deep cleaning of our Mansfield call-centre. https://www.samaritans.org/ (link opens in new window)
St John Ambulance, £1,000, to provide medical kits to assist Covid-19 support for the NHS locally. www.sja.org.uk (link opens in new window)
Life Church South Mansfield, £2,000,to provide emergency food parcels in the Bellamy Road and surrounding area. https://www.lifechurchsouthmansfield.co.uk/ (link opens in new window)
Ladybrook Enterprises Ltd, £2,000, for the Help at Hand project in Mansfield. http://ladybrookcommunitycentre.co.uk (link opens in new window)
Community Action Response (CAR) Warsop, a project run by volunteers from the Lifespring Church, £2,000, for emergency food hampers and emotional support work. http://www.lifespring.org.uk/community/ (link opens in new window)
Nottinghamshire Women's Aid, £1,890 for its women's refuge. https://nottswa.org/ (link opens in new window)
The Hall Homelessness Support Group, a Mansfield charitable trust providing food for homeless and vulnerable people, £1,500 for PPE and take-away food containers and equipment.
Extra Care Baby Bank, a Mansfield based community benefit society, £2,000 for baby items for vulnerable local families and premises costs. https://www.facebook.com/extracarebabybank/ (link opens in new window)
Social Action Hub, Rainworth, £1,800, for co-ordinator and volunteer expenses and emergency food parcels. https://www.socialactionhub.com/ (link opens in new window)