New grant available
Grassroots groups which help keep people living independently in their communities are being invited to apply for grants from a new Surrey fund.
The Adult Social Care Supportive Communities Fund was launched this month by the county council to support local groups and networks which make a difference to the lives of residents who are isolated and encourages creative ideas for local projects to help communities thrive.
One-off grants of up to £1,500 will be awarded to projects which support carers, older people or those living with long-term conditions or disabilities, including mental health problems.
Grants will be awarded to projects that strengthen community support and help people who are finding it harder to cope during the pandemic, in particular those who are lonely or do not have access to the internet.
Examples of community-led initiatives include the accreditation of the Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub which helps tackle loneliness and isolation.
Those who may be eligible have until Friday 23 October to apply for a grant and can find out more about the Supportive Communities Fund at surreyinformationpoint.org.uk.