Surviving the Covid Winter
This winter, vulnerable people in North and East Yorkshire will be colder, hungrier, more isolated, and more anxious than ever before. Two Ridings Community Foundation has launched an emergency appeal to raise £100,000 for essential funding for the charities, voluntary organisations and community groups that will provide a vital lifeline to our region.
Since the start of the pandemic Two Ridings Community Foundation have given grants totalling £1.8 million to hundreds of organisations across North and East Yorkshire. This money has been put to use keeping people fed, as well as keeping them safe and connected but the challenges remain as we head into winter.
Local community groups and charities are part of the frontline support helping those who are isolated and struggling through these turbulent times. These organisations are gearing up for an increased demand over winter and at the same time have an eye on what will happen next year. It’s vital that these groups have the funding and support to continue the work that they do.
Whether you are struggling to pay your bills and feed your family, have lost a loved one, experienced anxiety, been made redundant or struggled with ill health, Covid 19 has had a devastating impact on many of us. The situation in North & East Yorkshire is likely to get worse for thousands of people who are already barely coping.
Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: “There is seemingly no precedent for these times. What I do know is now is the time to give. Whether you are able to donate £10 or £10,000 we urge you to support this campaign. Perhaps you receive a winter fuel allowance that you don’t need and would like to help someone else to stay warm? Or maybe you feel that this Christmas you wish to donate the cost of your work Christmas party. In these times, it is important that we look out for one another and stand shoulder to shoulder with people and communities.”
The donations we receive have been making a huge impact to charities in our region.
Sebastian Glazer from The Vulcan Centre in Hull said ‘The funding secured from the Two Ridings Community Foundation has been vital for our organisation it has helped us support vulnerable people before they reach crisis point. This has been through the provision of food parcels, mental health advocacy and jobs. The ease with which people were able to gain food parcels has removed the stigma and embarrassment from the process’.