West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a dedicated fund to ensure support groups at the heart of the community have the resources they need during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund has been established to allow Town and Parish Councils across West Mercia to apply for money to purchase essential items that will allow them to continue providing support to those that need it most.
With communities across West Mercia staying at home and following Government guidance, the PCC is also encouraging residents to volunteer in their community.
Community groups play a vital role in keeping spirits up and reducing the stresses of social isolation. Whilst face-to-face meetings and group gatherings are no longer possible there are still ways to ensure our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for.
The Commissioner said: “COVID-19 is a concern for us all across West Mercia and during these uncertain times we must work together to ease the situation. Keeping everyone connected is crucial in ensuring that the most vulnerable are not alone. I have seen communities come together throughout West Mercia to provide services such as collecting medication, essential shopping and offering phone and video calls.
“This new fund will give volunteer groups the opportunity to fund essential items such as face masks, gloves and ID badges, enabling them to continue the vital work they are doing in our communities. As Commissioner I would encourage you all listen to guidelines issued by the Government, look out for each other and register for volunteer schemes in your area.”
For more information about the fund and how to apply visit: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/about-your-pcc/pcc-grants-scheme/
Issued on: Monday 6th April 2020