Generous grant helps St Paul's Church deliver assemblies to Salisbury schools

Generous grant helps St Paul's Church deliver assemblies to Salisbury schools

Published by Jack Deery at 7:00am 10th May 2020.

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They have been awarded £4,300 from Wiltshire Community Foundation's coronavirus response fund.

That money has allowed the church's youth and children's workers to continue delivering their services. 

In particular it has helped Debbie Boyt deliver weekly assemblies via video to pupils from St Paul’s and Manor Fields primary schools.

She said: 

"I have been going into the school to do an assembly so continuing it by video is a little bit of normality for them. We are doing a series on friendship at the moment, which us talking about how we encourage and support each other. It seems kind of relevant right now.

They have lost so much of their normal routine so this is a small touch of normal contact to reassure them that school is still there and they will be back."

The group have also been doing sing-a-long sessions on Zoom for toddlers. 

It's the second grant for St Paul's Church during the Covid-19 outbreak.

They also got £5,000 from the Wiltshire Community Foundation Fund towards delivering food parcels and running errands for vulnerable people in their area.

St Pauls Church Coronavirus food parcel support volunteers (Wiltshire Community Foundation) (3)
The team have been packing boxes of supplies for people living nearby

FUND MILESTONE

The money has come from Wiltshire Community Foundation's Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund, which has just hit a big milestone. 

They have now reached over £500,000 for the fund, with the money providing emergency funding to voluntary groups across the county. 

So far, they have distributed around £280,000 of that, helping almost 80 groups in the meantime. 

The community foundation’s interim co-chief executive Fiona Oliver said staff are working flat out to deal with applications for help as they flood in:

"It’s been an incredible effort by a small team but that only matches the amazing energy and achievements of the groups we are funding. It has been truly humbling to see how so many people have stepped up to meet the demands of the pandemic and help keep their communities stay safe.

We’ve been very fortunate to have had such wonderful generosity from individual donors, charitable trusts, companies and the National Emergencies Trust and we are very, very grateful to have been able to pass that money on to where it is most desperately needed."

To donate to the fund, visit localgiving.org/appeal/coronavirus-response-fund.

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