Covid-19 community case studies

    Coronavirus crisis in Cornwall: our response - supporting the community projects making a real difference

    We launched the Cornwall Emergency Appeal in March 2020 and during 2020 have awarded grants totalling more than £1.6 million to front-line community groups and charities supporting the people who are struggling in Cornwall.

    Our research shows that the need for your support will continue for many months, indeed that the depth of need is increasing.  In addition to meeting emergency needs, we are also funding communities to build back better for the future.

    For more details about supporting the Cornwall Emergency Fund click here.

    For great examples showing how the money generous donors have given has been used and the difference it has made please click on the stories below.

    Cruse Bereavement Care Cornwall caring for hundreds

    Cruse Bereavement Care Cornwall received just under £5,000 through our Emergency Fund in 2020 to support bereaved people across Cornwall through Zoom or telephone sessions.

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    The Brambles Nursery receives Build Back Better fund in order to reopen safely

    From CCF’s Build Back Better Fund, Brambles Nursery received £4,858.68 in order to reopen safely. The funding went towards many things including a new doorbell, alarm, gate and pram shelter.

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    The Drop in and Share Centre – a van and a plan

    The Drop in and Share Centre (DISC) in Newquay have received funding from our Build Back Better Fund, in order to relocate to a more suitable venue and purchase a van in order to prepare and distribute meals in and around Newquay. 

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    Build Back Better fund supports Treyla in Penzance 

    Core funding from the Build Back Better Fund ensures Treyla can support Cornwall’s most vulnerable families to negate the negative impact of lockdown and are provided with real, life-changing opportunities to build positive futures and fulfil their potential.

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    Treverbyn Hall – a lifeline for their community

    Grants totalling £19,000 have been awarded to Treverbyn Hall to provide a wide range of services for communities near St Austell. They have provided food, support networks, a telephone befriending service and created a network of 48 new local volunteers.

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    CCF grants help Truro foodbank feeds thousands during pandemic

    Simon Fann, Manager of Truro Foodbank explains the challenges they have faced during the Coronavirus crisis and how CCF grants helped the Foodbank meet increased demand.

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    VIDEO: Drop In And Share Centre alleviates hardship in Newquay

    The Drop In And Share Centre (DISC) helps people struggling in and around Newquay. In this video manager, Monique Collins, describes the increase in demand for their services during the Coronavirus crisis, sometimes from surprising groups of people.

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    Virtual hugs brighten the day

    "A daily hug brightens the start of my day." The Hugs Foundation provide alternative interventions and support for every age, using a diverse range of therapeutic activities in a natural farm environment. Supporting both rescued animals and humans in need. A grant enabled them to deliver a virtual hug a day via Facebook.

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    Reaching out to the people of Mousehole

    The Solomon Browne Hall soon became the hub of communication between volunteers and those most in need. The Emergency Fund's £3,000 grant enabled them to deliver a diverse range of services to those most in need.

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    Facebook Live workshops show how to cook on a shoestring

    Whole Again Communities (WAC) is based on the Treneere Estate in Penzance. A £3,000 grant from the Cornwall Emergency Appeal enabled the WAC team to provide meals for vulnerable people as well as running twice weekly facebook lives worskshops on gardening and cooking on a budget.

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    VIDEO: Wild Young Parents Project using Emergency grant to support young families across Cornwall

    36% of the young families WILD supports have run out of food or electricity during the crisis. Jo Davies, Chief Executive, explains how a grant from the Cornwall Emergency Fund has helped.

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    VIDEO: Wadebridge Foodbank’s mum and daughter team discuss the effects of the crisis

    Jacqui White MBE and Emma Fowle, mum and daughter, both work at Wadebridge Foodbank. In this wonderful video, they discuss how the Coronavirus pandemic has effected the work of the Foodbank and the needs of the people they serve.

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    Kernow Carers Service awarded grant by The Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Fund

    The Duke of Cornwall's Benevolent Fund has awarded £3,000 to Kernow Carers Service meaning they can allocate small grants to carers to be able to have breaks from their caring role in their own home. The Coronavirus crisis creates additional challenges for the national 13.6 million carers.

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    Kinsman and Treningle Tenants and Residents Association receives Cornwall Emergency funding

    Kinsman and Treningle Tenants and Residents Association is taking practical steps to help local people in need in Bodmin. They have been awarded £2,930 from the Cornwall Community Foundation Emergency Appeal to offer both practical and emotional support.

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    Help for communities on the Isles of Scilly

    Beaches, streets and businesses stand empty and as a result many families on the Isles of Scilly are experiencing enormous hardship and anxiety. They and many others have turned to their community for support. Cornwall Community Foundation has recently awarded £1,000 to The Edward McDonald Trust to provide emergency help to individuals struggling.

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    Working with Cornwall’s foodbanks to feed people who are hungry

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    Wild Young Parents Project thanks Foundation for support

    WILD Young Parents Project is a community group that works with young parents, children and babies in the most deprived areas of Cornwall. Their families are worried about food, how to cope, suffering anxiety and illness. Read how Emergency Fund support is making a difference.

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    Emergency Appeal reaches the elderly in Cornwall’s far west

    Under normal operation, The Pengarth Day Centre (PDC) is a place for Penzance's senior community to come to sit, chat and enjoy regular company, activities and special events. Since lockdown, PDC has received funding from the Appeal Fund to enable them to expand their home delivery meals in response to a surge in demand.

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    VIDEO: Concern Wadebridge transforms its services to meet Coronavirus needs

    During the Coronavirus lockdown, services usually provided for over 50s by Concern Wadebridge at the Betjeman Centre have had to be turned on their head and taken out to people where they live. In this video, Manger Andy Lyle describes what it has meant for the organisation and how the Emergency Appeal has helped.

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    Lighthouse Community Centre – a beacon of hope in Liskeard

    School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and health threats are impacting low-income families in Liskeard who are living pay-cheque to pay-cheque. Lighthouse CIC have used their grant from the Emergency Fund to offer a range of support services, supporting over 240 children in two weeks.

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    Battling On CIC, Callington, have received £3000.00 from the Cornwall Emergency Appeal to purchase essential supplies for vulnerable young people who are currently experiencing high levels of anxiety.

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    Emergency Appeal helps Truro Foodbank ‘feed more children than they ever have before’

    Simon Fann, Truro Foodbank spokesman, reports that records show that they “are feeding many more children than we have ever had to before…In March 2020 we fed 533 people, nearly 50% being children. Cornwall Emergency Fund is helping Truro Foodbank, and other frontline community organisations across Cornwall support people in crisis.

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    Disability Cornwall preparing meals for vulnerable people

    Cornwall Emergency Fund has supported the purchase of food and containers for Disability Cornwall's new ‘Community Kitchen’, based at Hayle Rugby Club. This service is delivering both hot and cold meals to 400 vulnerable people in the community each week.

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    Emergency Fund supports Drop In and Share Centre for more meals in Newquay

    Open five days a week, the Drop In and Share Centre Newquay have responded quickly to the ever changing situation around Covid-19. They are currently feeding 120 people per day and expect that to increase. Funding from the Emergency Fund has helped them cope with additional demand.

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    CCF Crisis Fund

    The Crisis Fund benefits vulnerable people on low incomes who are urgently in need of small, one-off amounts of money. Grants are normally are made up to £250 distributed to provide financial support to the most vulnerable people in Cornwall. These small grants can be accessed through a wide range of sponsor agencies such as drop-in centres, refuges and food banks.

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