Covid cash helps organisations across Doncaster

A number of charities and organisations have benefited from Doncaster Council cash to help in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

By George Torr, Local Democracy Reporter
Thursday, 17th December 2020, 4:45 pm

Each councillor has received a sum of money across the borough to help with ward projects during the pandemic.

A number of organisations in Thorne and Moorends have received around £6,000 from the Community Fund Ward Budget.

Messy Church within Thorne and Moorends Youth Group at St Nicholas Church, received £1,068 to install broadband and purchase of a webcam and laptop to live stream services to young and elderly in the community to battle loneliness and support mental health.

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Pauline Denton, Monday Smile a While, Nadine Fenwick, Bliss Cafe, Councillor Mark Houlbrook and Geoff Burgess, Ross Keller and Julie Cartlidge from Doncaster Council

The Monday Smile Awhile Group received £270 for a Christmas afternoon tea to be delivered to their homes by council officers to cheer up elderly, vulnerable and socially isolated residents.

Around £200 to each of the five primary schools in the area to purchase planters, seeds, trowels, watering cans to enable children to grow flowers and then distribute them to the elderly or vulnerable in our community.

Another £464 was given to the Quilting and the Knit and Natter groups who made masks and later distributed to vulnerable residents in the community.

Thorne and Moorends councillor Mark Houlbrook also said The Friends of Thorne Community Wood received a £465 grant to offer First Aid qualifications to volunteers while Thornensians RFU Girls also had £327 for training equipment.

Green Top Primary School also received £150 where pupils made brownies as a thank you to front-line staff in the police force, NHS and foodbanks across Thorne and Moorends who have worked throughout the pandemic.

Moorends Miners Welfare Community Development Centre also received £500 for christmas food parcels and treats for residents in need during the festive season.

Coun Houlbrook, said: “People in our communities are our most valuable resource. We need to ensure that they get the best support possible during these unprecedented times.

“This fund is available for local councillors to directly encourage and support small groups and groups of individuals to come together and organise activities to help our most vulnerable people and communities, during the Covid 19 pandemic.

“There is a real understanding of the impact and difference that these grants will make to our local groups and communities.”

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