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Lichfield Coronavirus Support Fund still open for applications

The Community Foundation for Staffordshire will be awarding grants from the Lichfield Coronavirus Support Fund to organisations supporting those people and communities affected. The aim of the fund is to support organisations with the immediate and unexpected costs the Coronavirus pandemic has created.

The aim of the fund is to support organisations with the immediate and unexpected costs the COVID-19 virus has created. Organisations would need to be supporting members of the community. It is not intended to replace loss of income.

Lifting Covid-19 restrictions in rural areas – some cursory thoughts

Over the bank holiday weekend, the government outlined a phased plan for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, conditional on the rate of the virus being reproduced (‘R’ value) falling to acceptable levels. Phillip Vincent, ACRE’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, outlines some cursory thoughts on what this means for rural communities across England.

McDonald's Food Drop

In response to COVID-19 McDonald's will be donating a range of chilled and other products including bread buns directly from their stores today. We’ve created an online platform for any charity to book collection slots from the nearby stores.

Please can you share this with your network via email and socials, so as many groups as possible know there is food available that they can access.

Staffordshire Village Hall Network

The 4th Staffordshire village halls network meeting was held on 20th January 2020 in the Staffordshire Moorlands district at Blythe Bridge Village Hall.  The theme of the event was to celebrate village halls with the launch of Village Halls Week; a national recognition of the 10,000 village halls in the country, and the people who volunteer their time to run them.

National Village Hall Census Launched

Rural Charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) releases a comprehensive survey to 10,000 village halls once every ten years.

ACRE will use the data collected to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to provide the very best support.