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Following funding from the PCC, community and volunteer groups across West Mercia have been able to carry out invaluable work to support the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Response Fund, which was established at the start of the pandemic by the PCC, and has now come to an end as lockdown measures start to be eased having provided a total of £47,279.94 to community groups, charities and organisations.

The money allowed groups at the heart of the pandemic to purchase essential items such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser, as well as printing supplies and envelopes, enabling the most vulnerable and at risk to be supported throughout.

The PCC is calling on communities to not lose sight of these vital support networks and continue to look out for neighbours, and signs that they might need extra help, “When I first introduced this dedicated fund, I wanted to make sure the many volunteer groups that had been set up as a result of the pandemic, had all the necessary resources to safely and effectively support those in need.

“I am proud to see this fund has been able to support the amazing community work out there. At a time when so many of us face uncertainty and additional worries.  It has been great to see communities coming together day in day out to keep everyone connected and support those most at risk. We shouldn’t lose sight of the amazing connections and support networks that have been formed during this period.”

Issued on Monday 6th July 2020