Manchester’s iconic charity We Love MCR is today announcing a package of new grants worth £216,000, to 22 charities meeting urgent needs in our communities resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

These new awards take the total of grants awarded by the Charity’s Community Response Fund to over £650,000 in just 6 busy weeks.

The Response Fund is now almost completely spent, so We Love Mcr is also asking people to donate to the Fund, if they can afford to.

The new grants have been awarded to organisations addressing urgent needs across 4 core themes where the crisis has generated major new issues –

  • Advice and Protection Services (focusing on Vulnerable Children, victims of Domestic Violence and Tenants at risk of eviction)
  • Positive Engagement of Children & Young People
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing in Isolation
  • Food Poverty Relief 

Jason Tetley from Greater Manchester Law Centre, which is receiving a Response Fund grant of £18,500, commented –

“We’re thrilled by this amazing grant from the We Love Manchester Charity. It means we can now support tenants across the City struggling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We believe over 40,000 people in Manchester have lost their jobs over the past 2 months, and many of these will be struggling financially. This grant means we can advise, support and represent tenants, and particularly those at risk of eviction over the coming months. We will try to ensure that no-one in Manchester loses their home as a result of this unprecedented crisis.”     

Gail Heath, CEO at The Pankhurst Trust (incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid) said – 

“This grant means we can help 8 women and their children to move on from their refuge places into safe new accommodation now. It also means we can now offer their vital refuge places to 8 families in desperate need of a place of safety to flee to. Literally this could save lives, and we appreciate this vital support.”

 

The frontline charities receiving funds in this new package of grants include – 

  • Manchester Women’s Aid
  • Independent Choices (Domestic Violence Helpline)
  • Homestart
  • Big Manchester Partnership (with Barnado’s)
  • City in the Community
  • Manchester Youth Zone
  • The A6 Partnership
  • East Manchester Play and Youth Partnership
  • The Children’s Society (Manchester)
  • Greater Manchester Law Centre
  • Open Kitchen
  • Humans Mcr
  • Rainbow Surprise
  • The Mustard Tree
  • The Bread and Butter Thing

 

Ged Carter, Development Manager at We Love MCR said:

“We’re immensely proud of the differences we’re making in the Covid crisis. Today’s new grants enable us to make a difference to thousands more Mancunians facing tough times. 

We can only imagine the traumas of people isolating with violent partners, and the Domestic Violence charities we’re supporting are providing urgent help every day. Vulnerable children stuck at home need more support and protection than ever right now. And of course, there are many young people at home with no resources to enable them to keep in touch with the outside world or keep up with their studies.

We’re also hearing of a huge rise in people in rented homes facing unfair eviction notices, which is even more difficult to imagine at this time. And the foodbanks of Manchester are providing food and a lifeline to tens of thousands of Mancunians who cannot afford to buy food or leave home to visit the supermarket.

Our grants today will provide hope, comfort, support and food to our neighbours who need it most. The differences we make are only limited by the money we receive in donations. If you can afford to, please donate to our Response Fund today, to help us to carry on our vital work.”

 

The Response Fund is now just a few days away from being exhausted, with a pipeline of applications still to be considered by the Charity. We Love MCR has released a further £175,000 from its reserves to keep the Fund going, and the Charity is now issuing an urgent call for further donations. 

Donations can be made online here https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/mcr-response-fund .

Companies and Major Donors are encouraged to explore how they can support the Fund by calling 07809 284920.

Or you can text MANCHESTER 10 to 70470 to donate £10 (and this works for any number from £1 to £20. Texts charged at standard network rate). 

The Charity promises to get donations directly to frontline charities doing vital work in our communities right now.

 

The final word comes from Mark Game, CEO at The Bread and Butter Thing food charity – 

This funding will enable us to keep supporting over 2000 households a week! It’s the vital ingredient in assisting the hungry, ill, elderly and isolated during these increasingly challenging times. Thank you We Love Manchester!”

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