Since the beginning of the lockdown POP ideas has been supporting more than eighty voluntary, community, social enterprise groups and organisations across the city with one-to-one advice on how they might survive the economic and social impact of the pandemic. The team of advisors has been supporting more than twice as many groups and organisations than usual and spending twice as much time with their clients in their one-to-one sessions (via Zoom).
The expertise and input from the POP ideas team has helped to double the number of successful applications compared to this time last year and directly secure about £135,000 of funding since the 29th of March. At the same time, the team has been constantly promoting information from some of the country’s most significant funders, such as, the National Lottery, Sport England, the Arts Council and the RANK Foundation to its clients and flagging up opportunities for emergency funding. All this activity has helped to bring in about a quarter of a million pounds of funding to provide much-needed financial support across the city’s voluntary and community sector. More than half of this has come from the Devon Community Foundation with £162,897 of emergency money being awarded to forty-four charities and community projects across the city.
Imogen Potter, the Capacity Building Manager for POP ideas, says it has been troubling to hear how many of the city’s community projects are facing such uncertainty; without them, says Imogen, we all lose out:
“So many of these organisations exist to help others, offering support, care and compassion to people most-in-need. It is imperative that we all – POP+, the City Council, the Government, local and national funding bodies – do as much as we all can to ensure they survive this time and are able to continue their work.”
One of those organisations supported by POP ideas is Plymouth Hope, which recently received £9800 from Devon Community Foundation to help fund their Covid 19 response work and adapt their ongoing programmes to provide support online.
Food vouchers, activity packs for children, electronic devices and an increase in internet accessibility are just some of the critical support that Plymouth Hope has been able to provide. It has also been able to continue its homework-support sessions for children, moving the service online, and lending devices to families where children are unable to participate for lack of equipment. The organisation has also set aside £2000 to support small groups that typically share a language (predominantly within the city’s communities of refugees and asylum seekers) that have been significantly affected by the lockdown.
Photo – activity packs have been given to children of refugees and asylum seekers during lockdown.
More than forty clients of POP ideas have succeeded in their bids for emergency funding from the Devon Community Foundation, including:
- Routeways Centre Ltd – received £1500 to provide activities offering respite during lockdown to families of young people with additional needs
- CHIL Plymouth (previously known as Community Health in Keyham) – been given £2000 to buy equipment and pay for staff & volunteers to support people facing mental health challenges
- Tectona Trust Ltd – £850 to provide remote support to members recovering from mental health & substance misuse
- Transforming Plymouth Together – £950 to share food, sports and experiences between communities in Plymouth as part of the Unifying Plymouth initiative.
Find out more about the Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund here: https://devoncf.com/give/devon-coronavirus-response-recovery-fund/coronavirus-story-far/