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Over 25 community groups across West Mercia are to receive funding from Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion’s community grant to assist them in supporting vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 crisis.

The PCC’s Coronavirus Response Fund has directly supported volunteer groups at the heart of the community to buy the resources they need to continue supporting vulnerable and at risk people, and more groups are encouraged to apply.

So far the PCC’s fund has provided money for the purchase of PPE such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser to ensure the safety of both volunteers and those they are supporting. Funding has also been given for stationary items such as envelopes, stamps and printing costs which allow the volunteers to stay in regular contact and highlight the support that is available locally to those that may be in need.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “I wanted, as the health emergency was emerging, a dedicated and easy to access fund to support the amazing community work that is out there across West Mercia.  I am delighted that the fund is helping so many communities but there are still more out there that could and should benefit. The work that the volunteer groups are doing is awe inspiring and vital in keeping people connected and supporting those that are most ‘at risk’.  As Commissioner I am committed to making sure communities have the resources and support they need to maximise their vital local work.  I am immensely proud of the work our communities do, day in and day out, to support each other.”

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Issued on Wednesday 29th April 2020