As the impact of the flooding in Warrington unfolded, Torus Foundation opened up its Community Investment Fund (CIF) to welcome applications from groups providing support to those affected.

In recent months, the CIF has prioritised funding requests for Covid19 support initiatives. However those who are supporting residents in the aftermath of widespread flooding that affected the Borough, are being encouraged to apply for grants up to £3,000.

The CIF is just one element of the support provided by the Torus Foundation whose teams have worked closely with the wider Torus group to organise and deliver urgent food supplies, emergency repairs and emotional support over the last couple of weeks for both Torus tenants and non-tenants.

Now with the chance to apply for funding, local groups and organisations have the opportunity to enhance the support available and reach more people.

Both embedded within the Warrington community, Craft in Mind and Helping Hands Orford, Poplars and Hulme (OPH) are two organisations who have been awarded funding.

Craft in Mind is a community help hub and food bank based in Warrington. Selling second-hand items, the team puts each penny towards buying food for people who may have lost their job, be waiting for benefits, are on a low income or in immediate crisis and struggling to feed themselves and their family. They also provide craft supplies to help improve people’s mental health.

To help people recover essential everyday items that may have been damaged in the floods, Craft in Mind has been awarded funding to purchase essentials such as bedding, towels, small electrical items, cleaning products and more.

Emma Grant, Craft in Mind’s Chair, comments,

“We would like to thank Torus and Torus Foundation for giving Craft in Mind, the opportunity to assist those affected by recent flooding. Dallam is my community and I have seen first-hand the devastation families are going through.

“The funding from the Foundation will ensure we can continue to support as many people as we can.”

As an established community food bank, Helping Hands OPHulme were already providing urgent food parcels as part of their Covid19 support and wanted to extend their services to assist those affected by the devastating floods.

Funding from the Foundation’s CIF is enabling the team to assemble more food parcels, cleaning equipment, furniture, clothing and more for people across Warrington.

Carol Kilgannon, Helping Hands OPHulme’s Chair explains,

“It’s vital that local people are assisted to help rebuild their homes and replace what they may have lost in the flooding. The needs of our community will always be at the forefront of what we do and thanks to this additional funding from the Foundation, we can reach more people with essential items.

“As well as the funding, we’re grateful for the way in which the Foundation, Torus and HMS teams all pulled together. Along with supplies, they provided high spirits, which helped us work as one during such a difficult time.”

Helen Cibinda Ntale, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Torus Foundation adds,

“As news broke of the flooding, we worked in collaboration with our Torus and HMS colleagues along with local businesses to assemble and ensure urgent supplies were made available.

“It’s been a fantastic example of the community coming together during a challenging time and we’re delighted organisations such as Craft in Mind and Helping Hands are able to utilise this funding in their commitment to support others.”

Whether you’re an organisation providing Covid19 support across Liverpool, St Helens or Warrington, or flooding support for those affected in Warrington, why not find out more about the Foundation’s Community Investment Fund.

Warrington residents are also welcome to contact either organisation directly to enquire about donations and items available:

Craft in Mind – https://www.facebook.com/CraftInMind

Helping Hands Orford, Poplars and Hulme – either email carol@helpinghandsoph.co.uk or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/2594923974167016

 

Torus Foundation also continues to be on hand for those looking for support covering employment and training, building online skills, maxmising your income along with health and wellbeing. Don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact details below with your enquiry:

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