The Community Foundation rarely asks for cash. We’re not fundraisers as such: our job is to provide an inexpensive, knowledgeable platform for companies and individuals to give locally, and to match their crucial support to the effective yet small charitable groups which work so hard to keep Leicestershire and Rutland healthy and thriving. But these are difficult times. Lockdown is hard for all, and we’re seeing first-hand that for many it’s disastrous. Our local charities and community groups need help to deal with people who are facing loss of income, new debts, cramped accommodation, domestic violence, worsening mental health, isolation, lack of internet access.
Grants from the Fund will be distributed (with due diligence) to local charitable, voluntary and community groups providing services to those most affected by the pandemic. As more money comes through, we hope to also offer basic support to charitable groups to help keep them stable until life returns to normal again. We don’t want to lose them and the work they do to keep our local social fabric strong.
It will not be possible to agree each grant for each donor as we usually do, but we will use our practised systems and intelligence to reach those who need help most, and we will monitor spend as normal. Grant sizes will initially be between £500 and £5,000 but we hope to make them larger if there is a good reason to do so.”
We cannot greet you as we usually do on Easter Sunday morning, nor hunt for eggs, nor have a tea party as we usually do, but we are still celebrating the Easter Festival at home.
Coronavirus has caused people like us to join the 21st century so we hope you will look forward to the future. We are still very well thanks to family and friends in the village and we have a Greek wedding to look forward to in 2021.
Many thanks to all the kind Wing volunteers who are helping us all to cope.
Rutland County Council has launched a dedicated crisis helpline for vulnerable people who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and have no one to support them.
The NHS has been contacting people who have been identified as being extremely vulnerable to coronavirus because they have a serious health condition. These people are being urged to shield themselves and stay indoors and avoid contact with others for 12 weeks, during which time they can request support to help access food and medicine as part of a national support scheme. Further details of this can be found on the government’s website.
Rutland County Council has been supporting some of the county’s most vulnerable residents, who they have been made aware of, for the past few weeks with food deliveries, while the national scheme was implemented. They now want to make it as easy as possible for people to access the support available.
The crisis helpline is available for all people who are ‘shielding’ and have concerns about their access to food and medicine or they are feeling isolated and require support.
The crisis helpline is also available for people who do not meet the government’s criteria for ‘extremely vulnerable’ but due to their circumstances still require immediate support including vulnerable, self-isolating individuals who have nobody to get them food and medicines and are not in receipt of a government food parcel.
The number to call for help is: 01572 729603 and the helpline is available Monday to Friday (including bank holidays) from 9am to 8pm.
Wing Parish Council has created a COVID 19 response team with volunteers working to help support shielded, vulnerable and self-isolating Wing residents who need food and medicines and is working in parallel and with the knowledge of Rutland County Council. Susannah Fish, chairman of the COVID 19 response team says
“Wing has an amazing support network and volunteers who already are providing and are volunteering all kinds of help and support to our very close community. It is likely that if you do contact Rutland County Council directly you will be referred to the Wing COVID 19 response team in any case as it is there, up and running and available. So, I would suggest that in the first instance Wing residents contact the Wing helpline which is manned from 9am to 9pm every day as this will enable Rutland County Council to concentrate on supporting those in communities which are not so fortunate and do not have the close support networks that villages such as Wing has.”
Please do mention this note to any residents who you believe are vulnerable and have no access to other support. If anyone in Wing is aware of a neighbour or neighbours who have no help or support or where they are concerned for their welfare then please call the Wing helpline on 01572 373922. The COVID 19 response team will liaise with Rutland County Council as necessary in our efforts to ensure appropriate help and support is provided.
I have been dealing with Chris for a number of years now and he has some quality wines.. As his restaurant, pubs and weddings business is somewhat compromised. Chris is delivering to the door with his Jolly Good Boxes..
During the lockdown due the COVID19 pandemic it is recognised that the risks of domestic abuse occurring is significantly raised. This is being reflected in a reported 25% increase in calls for help. Domestic abuse does not discriminate, neither does COVID19, on your social or economic status, nor urban or rural environments. If you are at risk or suffering domestic abuse please see the following information which may help you at this time.
Please also be aware of the Silent Solution system. This is a system for victims of domestic abuse who might be afraid of further danger and escalation of harm if they are overheard when calling 999 in an emergency. When somebody calls 999, an operator will ask which emergency service is required. If the caller is unable to audibly signal to the operator, the call will be forwarded to an operating system. If 55 is pressed by the caller, the system will detect this. The operator will then transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency.