We’re incredibly grateful to have been awarded a £15,000 Emergency Fund grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation and want to say a huge thank you for their support.
Claire Essame, Service Manager at Centre 56, said: “This funding is important as, following Government guidance, we are having to totally re-configure what we do so that we can continue to support our families while they aren’t able to attend activities at the nursery.
“Many of the families we work with are just starting to re-build their lives after a traumatic experience and we are committed to ensuring they have everything they need to thrive during this challenging time.”
Our team and volunteers have been working to deliver essential items such as food parcels and household goods to 40 vulnerable families since the lockdown was announced. Being awarded the Emergency Fund makes it possible for us to continue to provide this service.
Throughout this period, staff are making daily phone and video calls to maintain safe contact and minimise the risk of families feeling socially isolated. We are using this funding to help families access ICT equipment so they can connect safely with our team, and still receive support and advice from us.
This grant is also helping the charity to support with utility bills (e.g. broadband, gas and electricity) for families facing financial troubles, to provide a sense of security and support wellbeing during an already difficult period.
With recent increases in domestic abuse calls and incidents across the UK since the country was placed in lockdown, funding such as this is especially important to help charities like us to continue supporting families who have suffered, or are at risk of domestic abuse or a crisis situation.
So thank you to the Steve Morgan Foundation from everyone at Centre 56, and all our extended vulnerable families in the community.