Council provides vital funding to BCVS

Council provides vital funding to BCVS

Vital funding of £25,000 is being provided by Bassetlaw District Council to support extremely vulnerable members of the Bassetlaw Community during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Since the Coronavirus restrictions were put in place at the end of March, a partnership of Bassetlaw Community Voluntary Service (BCVS), Bassetlaw Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Bassetlaw CCG has been providing essential services to vulnerable people. This includes delivering food parcels for the most in need, delivering prescriptions, providing help with shopping and making weekly welfare calls to ensure that people are safe and well.

This week it was confirmed that the Council will be providing BCVS with a £25,000 grant that will help with essential running costs of this multi-agency support hub and the services it is providing.

It was also confirmed this week that Worksop Charter Trustees will be donating £10,000 to BCVS that will help to pay for emergency food parcels over the coming weeks.

Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “BCVS was already providing an essential service before the Coronavirus Pandemic, and their services are in even greater need now that we are all following the ‘Stay at Home’ instructions from the Government.

“Sadly there are some extremely vulnerable people living in our district who do not have anyone to look out for them, cannot do their own shopping and cannot get essential medication without the support of BCVS and its partners.

“This grant of £25,000 will help BCVS to continue to provide what has become a lifeline for many of our residents during an extremely challenging and difficult time. I’d like to thank everyone who is contributing to this effort, especially the volunteers who are packing up food parcels, delivering medicines and sometimes just being a friendly, reassuring voice on the end of a telephone.”

Cllr Madelaine Richardson, Worksop Charter Mayor, said: “Since the lockdown, the Bassetlaw Foodbanks, which are now being operated by BCVS and the Council, could simply not keep up with the demand due to a shortage of donations and an increase of people needing food parcels.

“We hope that this donation will ensure that BCVS and the Council is able to help the people most in need by providing essential food and provisions throughout the Coronavirus restrictions.”

Catherine Burn, Director of BCVS, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Bassetlaw District Council, Worksop Charter Trustees, local businesses and members of our community. These donations will add vital capacity to the food distribution service now and through the difficult time ahead of us all. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of our donors and in particular, our partner, Bassetlaw District Council for their unwavering dedication to our community.”

To access the services provided by BCVS and the Council, call 01909 533 533 between 9am – 5pm, seven days a week. Residents can also email us at . More information is also available on our website in the Coronavirus pages.

Pictured is BCVS Volunteer Co-ordinator, Annie Parry

Last Updated on Thursday, June 11, 2020