Two further organisations have been given funds under Solihull’s new Winter Wellbeing and Recovery Fund. The fund has so far given out over £20,000 to community groups, including Solihull Samaritans.
This fund was established at the end of last year to provide money to support local services aimed at alleviating poverty, encouraging good mental health, digital inclusion and supporting those self-isolating.
It is also recognised that some voluntary and community sector organisations may be facing challenging situations in these uncertain times, and as such, the fund will support organisational resilience, core costs and sustainability – safeguarding their capacity to deliver activities as and when able to do so. The fund is in partnership with the Heart of England Community Foundation. The fund can award a maximum of £5,000 per organisation.
The latest groups to have received funding are Meriden Adventure Playground Association, which provides stimulating and safe areas of play for children, and the Kingshurst based Tuesday Club, which provides a social, caring and stimulating environment as an opportunity for those who live alone and feel isolated. The Meriden Adventure Playground Association has been granted £5,000, whilst the Tuesday Club has received £1,500.
Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities said:
“I’m delighted that yet more organisations have benefitted from the funding available from our Winter Wellbeing and Recovery Fund.
“The Tuesday Club and the Playground Association are both very worthwhile groups, providing support for the young and the vulnerable, who have both been hit especially hard by the pandemic. I’d encourage any groups who need funding to apply now”.
Tina Costello, Chief Executive at the Foundation, said:
“The Winter Wellbeing and Recovery Fund is proving to be a vital lifeline during this COVID winter. Partnering with Solihull Council has been a pleasure and we look forward to continuing this line of support.”
The fund is time limited, so any groups who wish to apply for funding should do so, or risk missing out. You can find out more about the fund and find out how to apply here.