Date issued: 6 November 2020
The Leader of Colchester Borough Council, Cllr Mark Cory, has today welcomed the announcement that £3.9m of Covid-related funding is being invested to support the most vulnerable residents of Essex through the winter and beyond.
The package will provide direct support to adults, children and families across Colchester facing hardship or needing practical, emotional or mental health support.
Colchester Borough Council will also work with Essex County Council to distribute grants to grassroots clubs and activities for children and young people who have lost income or face extra costs adapting to Covid-safety rules.
The countywide programme is funded by £3.7m of COVID-related funding from central government and £200,000 from Essex County Council reserves.
Cllr Mark Cory, Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: “I welcome this additional funding to help protect the most vulnerable in our community and which comes less than a week after our successful bid for an additional £315,192 to provide longer term support and accommodation for rough sleepers in the borough.
“Throughout this crisis, I have lobbied hard for support to be given to our communities. The move to another national lockdown has brought huge challenges for our local communities and we are committed, alongside Essex, to support them during this time.
With winter fast-approaching, this additional funding provides a timely and necessary boost for our work to coordinate and support initiatives across our communities that safeguard the wellbeing of residents who need our help the most.”
For more information on the scheme, read Essex County Council’s press release: Extra support for the most vulnerable this winter