Creative Support increases hardship fund to help staff through Coronavirus crisis
Tuesday 5 May 2020
A hardship fund established by national care provider Creative Support to help staff and service users through financial difficulties caused by Coronavirus has been increased to £15,000.
The fund was initially set up with £10,000 at the end of March to be distributed as discretionary grants and loans for both service users and staff. Applications of up to £500 for grants and loans were considered from anyone who is employed by the organisation or anyone who receives Creative Support services.
Now an additional £5,000 has been added to the fund and the application process has been extended until 15 May 2020.
Around 50 members of staff and service users have already been supported with grants or loans totalling over £11,000.
Those helped included one support worker who said: “Thank you so much for accepting my request. It has eased what has been a very worrying few weeks. I appreciate that as a company it is difficult to maintain the wellbeing of all staff and service users. The grant will help greatly with my financial situation.”
Creative Support CEO, Anna Lunts, said: “So far, we have allocated over £11,000 to help support staff and service users during these unprecedented times. We understand this is a hugely worrying time for everyone – especially for our staff and service users facing real financial hardship caused by the impact of Coronavirus. We want to help as many of them as we can which is why we’ve increased the amount of the fund and extended the deadline.”
The organisation has also put together a pack outlining additional help available through other sources which is being sent to those who have made unsuccessful applications to the fund.
More information about the criteria for the hardship fund and an online application form can be found at https://www.creativesupport.co.uk/hardship-fund-application-form/
All applications will be reviewed by a small panel and will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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