Greenham Trust has put in place £250,000 of emergency funding for local charitable and voluntary organisations who are supporting the elderly and vulnerable people through this public health crisis in West Berkshire and north Hampshire.
Greenham Trust has also launched a public appeal on its charitable funding platform, The Good Exchange and pledged to match up to £100,000 of this funding for donations received via the platform.
Greenham Trust will match every £1 raised to support local charities and community organisations who require additional help during these unprecedented times.
The £100,000 fund will go to help those charities and volunteer organisations supporting those most urgently in need including:
- Helping elderly or vulnerable people or people with chronic underlying health conditions or diseases in self-isolation or quarantine who need access to food, medicines or social care;
- Providing more support for foodbanks;
- Increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly;
- Providing financial, employment and debt advice;
- Giving counselling, suicide prevention and mental health support for those who have for example lost their jobs, are grieving or are in crisis;
- Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation.
Other local organisations are lending their support: since the Greenham Trust funding was put in place, Sovereign Housing Association has pledged £50,000 locally and £50,000 for the organisation’s wider area, Peter Baker Foundation has committed £25,000 and Englefield Charitable Trust £10,000.
Currently, Greenham Trust is working alongside many local organisations including Kennet Radio, West Berkshire Council, Newbury Soup Kitchen, Citizens Advice West Berkshire, Age Concern West Berkshire, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Community Furniture Project, Healthwatch West Berkshire to support vulnerable and elderly people.
To donate money or apply for a grant, visit The Good Exchange website.
For further information on West Berkshire’s response to the coronavirus situation for businesses and residents, visit: info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus.