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.Person:Nick Rushton, county council leader
The fund will be discussed by cabinet tomorrow (Tuesday) – watch the meeting online at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast
- 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