*** Please note – we are currently not accepting new grant applications for Food provision. We have already awarded over £300,000 of support for food poverty relief and for people in isolation, and our Response Fund is now greatly reduced. Please check our website again in future to see whether this situation has changed ***

 

The Fund

We Love MCR are here to improve lives in Manchester, and we have responded immediately to help our communities in the Covid-19 Crisis.

We are a city that comes together to help each when things get tough. It is at the very heart of what it means to be Mancunian. Now more than ever we must support each other. We Love Manchester is coordinating the Campaign to get money to the Manchester groups and charities responding to urgent community needs.

The Covid-19 pandemic presents grave challenges for our city. There are hundreds of charities and community groups across Manchester that are taking action right now, to protect and support our most vulnerable neighbours. Our neighbours who are lonely, hungry, at risk or without a home need our help more than ever.

That’s where we have an opportunity to come together and help.

On Monday March 24th 2020, the day before the government announced the nationwide lockdown of all but essential services, we launched our COVID-19 Community Response Fund – this offers grants to community groups and charities that are supporting vulnerable people and communities on the front line right now.

We Love MCR has kicked off the Fund by giving £175,000 to the Fund immediately.

The Hut Group, one of Manchester’s biggest businesses, has also made an incredibly generous donation of £500,000 to our fund. This will help us to reach many more people facing challenges across our city.

And our huge thanks also go to the the Savannah Wisdom charitable foundation.  They have given £100,000 to our Fund, to address food poverty and to support vulnerable women and children through the Covid-19 crisis. 

How You Can Help

These brave organisations need cash to continue to do their great work. If you’re at home thinking about how you can help, please make a donation today. (We know many people are being hit financially by the crisis so please only give if you can afford to). 

Can you top up this Fund today?

We promise to get your gifts to the frontline immediately, by awarding cash grants to the local organisations doing this vital work.

Please donate via the We Love Manchester Covid Community Response Fund JustGiving page.

TEXT TO DONATE!

We have launched a text to donate function for our Covid-19 Community Response Fund, for those who find it easier donating through text.

To make a donation with this, simply text MANCHESTER 10 to 70470, to donate £10. You can donate any whole number amount from 1-20, so if you want to donate more or less then just change the number in the text! You can donate no more than £20 per text, and £30 per day. A follow-up text contains a link to a really quick and easy Gift Aid form, which will add an extra 25% to your donation for free, meaning we can help even more Manchester organisations dealing with this crisis on the frontlines.

Texts are charged at standard network rate.

Grant Process

  1. Grant applications are sent to us using the We Love MCR Covid-19 Community Response Fund application form, downloadable via this link.
  2. Applications are shared with our trustees and a decision is made within 24 hours.
  3. Grant funds will be paid into successful applicant’s bank accounts urgently after the decision.

SUCCESSFUL GRANTS SO FAR – £687,766.71 OF FUNDS RELEASED

 

TAKE A LOOK BELOW AT SOME OF THE ORGANISATIONS THE COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND HAS SUPPORTED

Mustard Tree – Ancoats

Mustard Tree are a charity that deliver a range of activities to tackle poverty and prevent homelessness across Manchester.

Many of their service users are particularly high risk if they contract Coronavirus, and they support people most at risk from the economic impacts of the crisis e.g. people in insecure jobs and at risk of eviction.

During the Covid-19 crisis they are staying open, operating as key workers under the categories of food distribution and leading front-line services as per the latest Government guidance.

They have been awarded £3,000 going towards the direct costs of their Covid-19 relief activities such as food, cleaning materials and equipment.

Check their website: mustardtree.org.uk

Greater Manchester Law Centre – Levenshulme

GM Law Centre provide free face to face legal support to Manchester residents regarding social welfare law, specifically welfare benefits, housing and homelessness advice and employment law.

They have halted all face to face enquiries and are providing advice via telephone and email. They’re currently dealing with urgent referrals from both Manchester City Council & Booth Centre regarding action where landlords are rushing through evictions (as the new laws protecting tenants aren’t in effect) and also homelessness cases where people are struggling to be homed because the virus restrictions will not allow multiple occupation in emergency accommodation.

They successfully applied to We Love MCR for a grant to buy laptops and video-conferencing software, allowing them to continue as many appointments as possible, assisting highly vulnerable clients protecting these individuals, their staff and volunteers.

Check their website: gmlaw.org.uk

EUROPIA – Hulme

Europia provide diverse support to European UK residents in Manchester, who have English as a second language and often find difficulty exercising their rights – which is where Europia come in.

They’re creating Government medical guidance resources in European languages to help vulnerable ESL residents access vital services during the crisis, as these did not exist before they had their worries raised by Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan in the Houses of Parliament.

Clients have been contacting Europia due to their place of work closing down. With the closures of Citizen’s Advice & other organisations, their referrals have risen drastically, needing stronger infrastructure to work remotely & efficiently to support clients who could become destitute & potentially homeless.

Their grant will be used to purchase video editing software for the creation of multi-language medical guidance resources, and remote working software to work with clients efficiently & within Government Guidance.

Check their website: europia.org.uk

Talk, Listen, Change Charity

Talk, Listen, Change (@TLC_charity) is an organisation providing face to face services – counselling, therapy, domestic abuse services and community projects including volunteering services.

Since these services can no longer take place in person due to government advice following Covid-19, TLC have decided to adapt all of these to be carried out over the phone and by video call, rather than suspend their vital activities.

 

The £1,000 grant awarded to TLC will allow the organisation to continue to provide services for vulnerable Manchester residents, which will become ever more crucial as the weeks turn into months. The Covid-19 crisis could create a higher need for personal and relationships counselling, and may see a spike in instances of domestic abuse.

The Covid-19 Community Response Fund will help to cover the cost of the delivery of counselling sessions under the increased demand caused by the crisis, ensuring that the organisation can continue to run and respond to these urgent situations, even where service users cannot afford to pay for sessions due to loss of pay or unemployment caused by the virus.

LGBT Foundation – City Centre

LGBT Foundation is a charity which supports LGBT people through vital services, including talking therapies, domestic violence support, sexual health and HIV testing, support and social groups, trans advocacy, and substance misuse support.

They’ve temporarily shifted to become a remote service due to the Covid-19 crisis, working to ensure that LGBT people can still access the support they need during this period.

They looked for funding to develop a telephone and practical support offer for those most in need – people over 70, those with underlying health conditions, and those living in domestic abuse situations.

Recently, they took their first remote helpline call from home. They spoke to Carrie*, who, as an LGBT person with a learning disability, was terrified to leave their home due to the coronavirus to go out and get much needed food and supplies, and risked starving to death. LGBT Foundation volunteers were able to connect them with a community food delivery service with a network of volunteers and make sure they can access the supplies they need.

Learn more about the good work they do at lgbt.foundation

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Caritas, Lalley Centre – Collyhurst

The Lalley Centre is an organisation based in a North Manchester primary school, who assist the community with a range of services, including advice surgeries, wellbeing sessions & a weekly foodbank market. They have now had to close the centre and stop these services to adhere to the Government guidelines.

Now they are receiving more referrals for food and personal health products by telephone. They’ve adapted as per the guidelines and made the service appointment only. People come to the external door where they can collect a ready-made food parcel and essentials at the allotted time.

They looked for funding to support their effort in making deliveries to the community and particularly the over 70s & those with underlying health conditions, those destitute or with low/no pay. They’re doing this by joining forces with volunteer drivers and community groups to make this effective in as wide an area as possible, with our funds going towards fuel costs and subsidising donation packages.

Read more about their services at: caritassalford.org.uk/service-view/services-5

Olive Pathway – Wythenshawe

Olive Pathway provide specialist services and raise awareness on Domestic Violence (DV) and abuse amongst Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Manchester.

Normally, women can make contact and visit the service for a one to one support, information and group sessions. However under government guidelines this now isn’t possible.

Their Outreach Support service needs to continue, to enable them to support women who may be highly likely to be subjected to abuse in this “lockdown” period, through telephone / video call consultation and specialist support & intend to continue providing physical support to women urgently needing to flee domestic violence.

We’re funding for 4 outreach workers, tech support & emergency taxi funds to keep this support alive.

Visit their website at: olivepathway.org.uk