West Lancs CVS, working in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council, is pleased to announce the launch of the Community Champion scheme – including new grant funding for voluntary sector groups.
The one year scheme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and reduce health inequalities locally, and has three elements:
Firstly, West Lancs CVS and West Lancashire Borough Council have worked together to bring investment into local voluntary sector and have launched a £200,000 Community Champions grant fund. Grants ranging from £1,000 – £25,000 are now available to voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise organisations, to support the work they’re doing in helping communities impacted by COVID-19.
The focus is on organisations working with or supporting vulnerable groups in West Lancashire and the grants must be used to reduce isolation, improve health and wellbeing, and help people and communities to recover from the impact that COVID-19 has had on their life and community.
Secondly, a network of Community Champion volunteers is being recruited to help champion the community across West Lancashire and help support the ongoing grassroots efforts to keep people safe. These volunteers are playing a key role in cascading the information supplied by CVS through their networks of family, friends, and the groups and organisations they are a part of. Community Champions can also help to deliver practical help to those in need in their local area or to work within a West Lancs organisation to help enhance their vital work.
Thirdly, as part of the new Community Champions scheme, the CVS will be researching and producing a local directory of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups working throughout West Lancashire. This will be available on the CVS website later in the year to help provide access to information on the many key activities and services delivered by the sector.