COVID 19 - Cornavirus

Council extends Covid-19 community response and recovery fund

3 November 2020


The council has extended the community response and recovery fund so that it can continue to support local organisations through this pandemic with a grant up to the value of £20,000. 


The original aim of the Covid-19 community response and recovery fund was to support not for profit organisations to adapt to new ways of offering support to communities, both during and following the coronavirus pandemic, as well as maintain and continue to offer services whilst government restrictions are in place.


Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “On behalf of Cheshire East Council, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the voluntary, community and faith sector organisations that have applied so far and for the vital role they have all played.


“The council has so far provided £168,000 of funding to 47 organisations from food banks to mentoring programmes for students in need of emotional support during the pandemic.  There is now a wealth of projects and local initiatives available to support our communities through these extremely challenging times.


“The council is still in a position to continue to fund projects that will have a high impact over the winter months and focus on supporting those organisations which can assist residents who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to the economic impact caused by Covid-19.”


Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding up to a maximum of £5,000 for local projects and services for both response and recovery-type applications, which meet local need. Examples include but are not limited to:
•         Food bank services
•         Meal delivery services
•         Food distribution
•         Lunch clubs
•         Breakfast clubs
•         Holiday hunger projects
•         Fuel poverty
•         Digital inclusion
•         Providing support for people to access any other essential supplies


Applications will be considered up to £10,000 and the council expects organisations to be able to clearly demonstrate that a wide geographical footprint will be covered for the proposed project as well as connecting with other established related projects.


Applications will also be considered for grants up to £20,000 from organisations as long as this is a collaborative application from two or more organisations working together on the proposed project and that sustainability of the project can be demonstrated.


The link to the web page for more information and to submit an application can be found at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/communitygrant


Local charities and community organisations can apply for grants towards the cost of getting food and other essentials to those who need it the most by delivering essential Covid-19 related services. 


Funding will be allocated where organisations can demonstrate a required need and where clear outcomes can be achieved. The council aims to make funding decisions as quickly as possible on a rolling basis and will be providing this funding until early 2021.
 
 
Sharon Angus-Crawshaw
Administration Support Officer
 
Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC)
Park View Business Centre
Combermere
Whitchchurch 
Shropshire
SY13 4AL
Tel: 01948 871314
 

April 2020

During these very uncertain times Prestbury Parish Council has been endeavouring to bring to all its residents as much information as possible regarding this pandemic. As you will appreciate this is a daily moving situation. We have listed below some information which we hope proves of assistance to everyone

Doctors

You will undoubtedly already be aware the surgery in Prestbury is currently closed, therefore your first point if call, if this is the surgery you are registered with should be the Alderley Edge Medical Centre, telephone number 01625 584545. The centre has been experiencing unprecedented demand and therefore ask for your patience and understanding during these pressing times. Alternative contact numbers are 111 or 999, the latter should only be used in extreme emergencies.

Hospitals

Accident and Emergency is still operating to the best of our knowledge at Macclesfield General. Again, should it be necessary for anyone to attend please be patient as we are sure the staff there will be working under extreme pressure.

Emergency Services

These are currently working as normal.

Help for our Neighbours

The idea of a voluntary network has been proposed by Shelia MacLaren to offer help in very local areas of the parish. The purpose, is to help with shopping, dog walking, contact for our older and vulnerable residents, plus those currently in self isolation. We are sure many residents are aware of these schemes, however, should anyone require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the councillors in their area.

Financial Assistance

This falls currently into three categories, individuals, businesses and the self employed. We have been in contact with our MP, David Rutley, for some clarification on these matters and he has referred us to the Gov.uk Coronavirus (COVID-19); What You Need To Do, which contains various sub-folders. Those with particular information regarding financial support are “Employment and financial support” and “Businesses and other organisations

Individuals

Please read the www.gov.uk COVID-19: guidance for employees website, this lists all the alternatives available.

Link can be found below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

Self Employed

Please read the www.gov.uk COVID-19: guidance for employees website, this lists all the alternatives available.

Link can be found below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

Small Businesses

Please read the www.gov.uk COVID-19: guidance for Business website, sections on "Job Retention Scheme" and "Support for Businesses that pay little or no business rates this lists all the alternatives available. A one off grant of £10,000 may be available for eligible businesses, this is administered by Cheshire East.

Link can be found below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/business/business_information/business-support-covid-19-coronavirus.aspx

Larger Businesses

Please read the www.gov.uk COVID-19: guidance for Business website, sections on "Job Retention Scheme" and "Support for Businesses that pay little or no business rates this lists all the alternatives available. A one off grant of £10000 may be available for eligible businesses, this is administered by Cheshire East.

Link can be found below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/business/business_information/business-support-covid-19-coronavirus.aspx

Links to Other Sites

All the councillors are available to provide any assistance we can during these uncertain times, our contact details being available via our website. 

Keith Podmore

Chair, Prestbury Parish Council

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