Whittlesford Community Fund

Whittlesford Community Fund

Information for villagers

In conjunction with Whittlesford Parish Council, we have set up a ‘Go fund me’ account https://www.gofundme.com/f/whittlesford-community-fund),  to raise funds to help any villagers during this Covid emergency. This letter is to explain the purpose of the fund and how the fund will operate.

Who is the fund for?

The fund is there to help support vulnerable people in the village. By ‘vulnerable’ we mean people who are self-isolating, shielding or in the vulnerable categories set out by the Government (e.g. those over 70 years or with health conditions) and who are in financial need.   The pandemic has caused the financial circumstances of many to drastically change and the fund has also been set up to support those residents in Whittlesford for whom this is the case.

How will the fund operate?

The fund can be used to pay for shopping and other essentials.  You will need to contact your street or road link person to request any shopping through the fund.   Those who are signed up on the Village Support Group volunteer list will be able to do the shopping on your behalf and claim back from the fund.  [If you did not get a leaflet with details of the link person for your road, then please do contact us for information].  For any amounts over £50 or which are not for essential groceries or shopping, then requests will need to be made through ourselves in order to monitor appropriate use of this fund.

We would like the fund to be available to all those who may need it because they are either not able to access funds at this time (due to self-isolation or shielding) or because their financial situation has changed and need financial support at this time.The fund is being run through the Parish Council.  The details of particular claims will of course be kept strictly confidential, and only the amounts claimed will be noted in the accounts (not details of who claimed and who the recipients were).

 We understand that asking for or accepting help from anybody is difficult but are aware that in these difficult and extraordinary times of living through this Covid 19 pandemic, things have changed radically for so many people – so if you could make use of this fund to help out in the short or longer term, please do be in contact with the link person in your street/road, or contact us directly.  Don’t forget, there is also the Community Food Box outside the URC church for anyone wanting to donate spare food items or for you to make use of if needed.

 With best wishes

Richard Williams & Olivia Coles

 Councillor Richard Williams. Email:        Tel:  07584 037016

Councillor for Whittlesford, Thriplow, Heathfield and Newton,

 Revd Olivia Coles   Email:     Tel. 01223 833128

Vicar of Whittlesford Parish Church.

A letter will be distributed to every household by the street coordinators so that every resident will be aware of how to access the fund or make a donation.