Southend Emergency Fund operates under the auspices of Shared Space.
Each week the Fund is giving multiple grants with over £200,000 now raised to give away.
The idea is simple: a COVID-19 emergency fund by the people of Southend to help people of Southend.
Shared Space was approached by a local business-person at the start of the first lockdown in 2020 and was ideally placed to be the charity under which Southend Emergency Fund would operate. The Shared Space team joined in to scale and deliver the project.
Towards the end of the first year of operation, over £200,000 has been raised and over 100 applications have been received from local charities.
Coronavirus is a dark time for the most vulnerable in Southend but support is now reaching the lives of hundreds of local people in need during this crisis. Thank you for all the support for the Fund.
We have been so blessed to reach out to others in the town and see them partner with us: individuals, organisations, businesses, charities, Southend on Sea Borough Council and The Lottery, all wanting to make a difference. Thank you for jumping into the journey with us. None of this would be possible without the unity of vision and spirit shown by so many in this difficult time.
The Fund is receiving a steady stream of applications with scope to fund more. Thank you for giving generously, so this is possible. The Fund has already delivered support through many local charities and organisations.
Now is the perfect time to join.
If you would like to help us extend our reach as far as possible then please let us know if you would like to contribute to the fund or you can give today.
Grants have helped in areas including:
Poverty & Hunger
The pandemic has forced families across Southend into poverty, incomes have evaporated and jobs disappeared. People are facing hunger and poverty because of COVID-19.
So your donations have helped Southend people though our partnership with local organisations such as: The Storehouse, Milton Hall Primary School, One Love Soup Kitchen, Isaiah Project, The Hub and White Heather House.
Key Workers Health at Risk
At the start of the pandemic, the shortage of PPE in Southend was acute. Our local emergency workers, carers and support staff were at risk on the front line.
So your donations funded the local manufacture and supply of PPE. We helped scale the 3D printer farm operated from Chalkwell Hall Junior Schools and funded PPE equipment for key workers supporting the blind in our town through Southend In Sight.
Deteriorating Mental Health
Lockdown imprisoned vulnerable people, cutting them off from families and support networks. While we were all grappling with isolation, it was the marginalised who could no afford communication and digital access who were at high risk, and left unable to access the support they needed.
So your donations have funded local mental health charities including TrustLinks and Mencap, Welcome Southend, HARP, Aspirations and St Vincent de Paul., to ensure these individuals can stay connected and cope during lockdown.
Victims of Rape, Domestic Abuse and the Vulnerable
We know this is a difficult time for everyone but particularly for adults and children trapped with abusers; victims of rape, and the professionals working hard to support them. Domestic abuse caseloads have soared during the pandemic.
So your donations have repeatedly funded grants for organisations including SOS Domestic Abuse, reaching people in real need.
Now is the perfect time to join in
If you would like to help us extend our reach as far as possible. Please do let us know if you would like to invest into the Fund and you can donate today.