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Coronavirus fund set up to support vulnerable people in Surrey

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Coronavirus fund set up to support vulnerable people in Surrey

Published by Lettie Buxton at 4:31pm 7th April 2020.

A Coronavirus Support Fund has been launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Surrey to offer a lifeline for partner organisations during the outbreak.

The PCC’s £500,000 fund will help to assist some of the most vulnerable residents in Surrey, including victims at greater risk because of isolation measures.

In less than a week, 15 organisations have been allocated funding of more than £50,000 to continue support for those affected by domestic abuse, homelessness and substance misuse.

 

 

PCC David Munro said it is crucial to help organisations navigate the uncertainties of continuing support for the most at need:

"I have seen remarkable steps already being taken to deliver services such as counselling, advice and practical help for vulnerable individuals under exceptional conditions.

"I want to do everything in my power to help the amazing people making this possible to carry on, to be able to work remotely or with the appropriate protection, and to reach more individuals in need."

More than £37,000 of the funding allocated since the end of March will allow domestic abuse services to provide additional staff and working hours, to facilitate home working and technical support to ensure the continuation of helpline services.

Other funding will allow homelessness and drug and alcohol services to provide essential personal protective equipment to staff and clients, to source additional staff cover and extend provision for those in need.

Damian Markland, head of policy and commissioning, added current lockdown measures are likely to leave some very vulnerable people isolated and less able to seek help:

"We are particularly concerned about victims of domestic abuse who we know are at increased risk due to current movement restrictions.

"We are also mindful that this is likely to be an extremely challenging time for those recovering from substance abuse, as well as ex-offenders that have been working hard to rebuild their lives.

"The emergency fund is about helping local organisations adapt to this new and challenging environment, and ensuring that those that need support can still access it."

Meanwhile £8,000 from the support fund will help Woking homeless charity the York Road Project to ensure their day centre is staffed seven days a week.

Cath Stamper, chief executive, said they now have "24 in hotel beds and pods are being built to accommodate more". 

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care, East and North Surrey Domestic Abuse Services and Your Sanctuary are among other organisations being supported.

For more information about the Coronavirus Support Fund, contact pccfunding@surrey.pnn.police.uk