Charity Rural Action Derbyshire has set up a Rural Hardship Support Fund to help people in rural areas of the county suffering extreme hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund has been possible thanks to donations through their website and a £2,000 award from The Prince's Countryside Fund.
Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince's Countryside Fund, said: "Rural organisations like Rural Action Derbyshire are the lifeblood of many far-flung communities. They have adapted to provide unprecedented support to rural people, quickly, and efficiently, with the help of a dedicated army of local volunteers.
"We are so grateful to all our sponsors, who by supporting The Prince’s Countryside Fund, have enabled the provision of these Rural Response Emergency Grants during this crisis."
Beverley Parker, CEO of Rural Action Derbyshire, said: "We are so grateful to The Prince’s Countryside Fund for helping us support people in rural Derbyshire.
"We know many people in rural areas are struggling, mainly in relation to jobs. Some people may have lost their job, others have to stay at home to take care of children and not everyone qualifies for government support. We want to make sure people can pay their bills and aren’t going hungry."
Applications to the Hardship Fund will be by referral (see below for the list of referral organisations) and individuals will need to meet the criteria to qualify.
The fund will provide regular food parcels and assistance with some critical household expenses. People will also be able to access information on other support available to them relative to their specific needs.
If anyone would like to make a donation to help support the Rural Hardship Fund, go to the Rural Action Derbyshire website and just click on the orange 'Donate' button. Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated.
For further information, email email@example.com or go to www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk.
Application is by referral from any of the following:
• Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy team
• Farming Community Network (FCN)
• Farming Life Centre (FLC)
• Feeding Derbyshire Food Banks or Community Café
• Citizen’s Advice
Criteria for support:
• In severe financial hardship (unable to pay for basic necessities such as food, household bills, rent etc)
• Unable to access other support such as government schemes or waiting for payment from such schemes
• In severe emotional distress or poor mental health, anxious, lonely, depressed, and with no current treatment plan or referral to mental health services
• Living or working in a rural area of Derbyshire
• Rural Action Derbyshire is particularly targeting people associated with the farming industry including farmers and workers in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and countryside services who have been adversely affected by Covid-19, and people living in isolated rural communities.
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