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Million-pound fund to bolster communities

Money available to continue to support those in need

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One-million-pounds is being earmarked to establish a new fund supporting the county’s voluntary and community sector during the coronavirus outbreak.

Our hardship fund will enable local groups – who will be impacted by reduced café sales, room rental or donations – to keep on providing essential support to people who are isolating and reducing social contact.

We are working round-the-clock to keep vital services for vulnerable people running and working with the Local Resilience Forum.

Communities are already playing their part. But I want to do everything we can to enable them to keep on providing that vital support.

“These are the most challenging times for almost a century. Councils, the NHS and emergency services are continuing to work together closely – and this money bolsters this mammoth effort. Again, our county councillors are working hard to support people in their areas and this is a good way for them to put forward projects from their local patches.

“We’re taking every step possible to protect and support our residents, partners and businesses – and I’d urge people to keep on following the national advice. Doing so will help to save lives.

The fund will be discussed by cabinet tomorrow (Tuesday) – watch the meeting online at: 

The council:

  • Is exploring a number of options, including asking staff to quickly move into other roles, so that we can continue to deliver the support people depend on
  • Is supporting schools 
  • Has closed libraries and museums, as well as sites such as Beaumanor Hall and the Century Theatre
  • Has cancelled events, activities, adult learning classes and clubs due to take place in all libraries 
  • Has closed some waste sites
  • Has closed country parks
  • Is encouraging staff to work from home, where possible

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