Thousands issued to community groups in pandemic response

Almost £20,000 has been paid out by Test Valley Borough Council to various groups across the borough who are helping in the frontline response to the coronavirus pandemic.


After launching the Emergency Response Grants, the borough council has given out thousands of pounds to groups all over Test Valley. Whether they are helping to collect prescriptions, deliver food packages or run other errands, groups are eligible for up to £500 from the council.


Last week, a total of £1,500 was issued out to Romsey Baptist Church, North Baddesley’s Community Life Centre and the Andover Crisis Centre.


The Baptist Church’s funding will go towards the cost of food items that will be delivered to more vulnerable residents, while the Community Life Centre in North Baddesley will now be able to expand their foodbank to meet demand.


The funding for Andover Crisis Centre will also go towards supporting them in their work tackling domestic abuse. This includes supporting those who can become homeless due to fleeing domestic violence and offering counselling and advice. The council works alongside the centre all year round and provides thousands of pounds in funding, to ensure it can continue to provide its vital services to the residents of Test Valley. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline can also be contacted day or night via 0808 2000 247.


Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Phil North, said:

Every organisation, group and association that is stepping up at this crucial point in time is doing a fantastic job and are a credit to Test Valley and these latest recipients are no different.

The Andover Crisis Centre is, sadly, having to work harder than usual due to a rise in cases of domestic abuse and we are extremely grateful for the work they are doing and will continue to support them in any way we can.

 The same can also be said for Romsey Baptist Church’s efforts and the extraordinary work the Community Life Centre is doing. These are shining examples of our community really pulling together when we need them most.

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