Covid-19 community case studies

    Supporting the community projects making a real difference

    Read about some of the wonderful projects our generous donors have funded, and stories about the difference their funding has made.

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    The Oasis Centre at the heart of their community

    Grants from CCF enables The Oasis Centre to carry on providing a caring and supportive environment for lonely or vulnerable members of their community.

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    CCF Staff and Trustees enjoyed a sunny afternoon at Newquay Orchard

    Thank you to all the team at Newquay Orchard for inviting CCF Staff and Trustees to spend the afternoon at Newquay's community greenspace.

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    Pride Month: Celebrating organisations supporting LGBTQ+ communities in Cornwall

    As this years Pride Month ends, we wanted to celebrate a couple of amazing organisations working hard to support the LGBTQ+ communities in Cornwall.

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    Supporting men’s mental health well-being

    To mark #MensMentalHealthAwarenessWeek, here at CCF we wanted to highlight a couple of amazing community projects that provide invaluable support for men struggling in their darkest moments.

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    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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    BF Adventure

    BF Adventure, a Cornish outdoor education charity, were awarded £6,840 in 2018 by The Worval Foundation to run two groups of their 'Head Out' programme to improve the health and wellbeing of 12 young people.  

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    Quiet Connections CIC

    Quiet Connections is a Redruth-based charity focused on supporting those with mental health issues and creating a ‘community of understanding’. They have been supported by a £750 grant from the Mining District Fund to make their support services more accessible to those most in need.

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    Camelford and District Age Concern

    Camelford and District Age Concern received a £400 grant from the Cornwall Glass Fund which financed the final amount needed for a new minibus. They now have the capacity to transport community residents and their electric wheelchairs, creating more opportunities for those aged 50+ to get out of the house.

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    Launceston Area Wildlife Group

    Launceston Area Wildlife Group are enthusiastic about flora and fauna in the area, and ever keen to further their knowledge on the topic. A £400 grant from Ruth Burden Community Trust Fund enabled the group to purchase an Echo Meter Bat Detector, and record sightings of new bat species that the group had never seen before!

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    The Oasis Centre

    The Oasis Centre, based in St Column Major, works to support people in the surrounding community who are housebound, socially isolated, marginalised, in debt, or with poverty and benefit problems. They received a grant of £2,500 from the Albert Van Den Bergh/Jane Hartley Fund to add to their resource base and improve the support they can offer.

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    Duke of Cornwall Benevolent Fund – music software for young carer

    Herbie is a 17 year-old carer. He helps care for his disabled sister, Susie, who needs assistance with everything she does. He received help from the Duke of Cornwall Benevolent Fund to purchase music editing/recording software to enable him to create, mix and reproduce music, to a professional standard and create music with his disabled sister.

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    Citizenship for Life CIC

    Citizenship for Life CIC aims to give vulnerable and challenged young people the skills they need to cope in life, help build their emotional resilience and life skills. Through the #iwillfund (previously known as the Youth Social Action) Citizenship for Life CIC received funding for five of their twelve programme days.

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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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    Sea Sanctuary

    Sea Sanctuary helps individuals, children, young people and adults in communities who are struggling with their mental health. A grant through CCF from the Sport and Outside Activities for Children with Mental Health Conditions Fund enabled four young people undergo Take the Helm, a structured programme of marine based activities interwoven with the therapeutic principles of mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy.

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    The Meeting Place, Newquay

    "The Meeting Place" in Newquay is a relaxed and safe environment, where locals could meet, drink good coffee and eat tasty food, at not-for-profit prices. The facility is also used by various agencies, including Probation and Social Services, for meeting clients. The Albert Van den Bergh and Jane Hartley Fund supported this project with £2,500.00 towards essential tables, chairs and building alterations.

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    Growing Links

    Growing Links is a volunteer led, community education organisation providing skills, training, courses and activities in organic food production, garden design, healthy eating and nature education. The Penwith and Isles of Scilly Fund invested £2,340 towards a project called ‘The Outdoor and Discovery Mentorship Programme’ to support teenagers experiencing mental health issues.

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    St Austell Community Kitchen

    STAK provides a safe and welcoming environment for the vulnerable, needy and homeless within the community. The Kitchen is now open 6 days per week and serves 4000 affordable meals annually. STAK has received £3,500 support from the Crisis Fund over 5 years.

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    Cornwall Community Land Trust

    The Cornwall Community Land Trust (CCLT) delivers affordable homes, mainly for sale and some for rent, tailored to the needs of local communities. A not-for-profit, community-based organization, CCLT has recently celebrated the construction of 200 affordable homes over the past 10 years.

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    The Core Youth Project

    The Core Youth Project aims to provide young people with a safe, non-judgemental space where they are able to access new opportunities, advice, activities and talk to qualified youth workers.

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    Downderry Methodist Church Community Facilities

    Downderry Methodist Church is a busy facility hosting a Memory Café, a Bread and Babes group, a choir and WI group. The project was awarded £2,700 through the Cornwall 100 Club, Benefiting Older People Fund and CCF’s Social Action Fund to form part of a larger project to improve the functionality of the building.

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    Pengarth Day Centre

    Pengarth Day Centre received £4,800 from the Emily Bolitho Trust Fund to help clients with mobility problems, rural isolation or lack of income to pay for independent transport to access the day centre and meals on wheels.

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    Access Theatre

    Access Theatre offers access to the performing arts for individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity - adults with learning disabilities and a range of physical and sensory impairments. The Ruth Burden Community Trust awarded Access Theatre with £1,000 towards their performances at Launceston Town Hall. attended.

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    Active8

    Active8 is a small Cornish charity which aims to empower and motivate young people with physical disabilities to become autonomous. Both the Cornwall Club and #iwillfund invested into Active8's most recent project - Motive8 - which taught young people cooking and other skills.

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