A COMMUNITY group providing food, clothing and kindness to the lonely and vulnerable is sharing a £185,000 windfall aimed at boosting health and wellbeing.
The foodbank and support service run from St John’s Church in Balby has been handed £9,679 as part of a wave of grants announced by Mayor of South Yorkshire, Dan Jarvis, and South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation.
The Balby St John PCC will use the financial support to fund an operations manager for six months, which it said would allow more help for the most lonely, vulnerable, and disadvantaged people in society.
Rev Alun Price said: “We will be providing conversation and kindness alongside life's essentials such as food, toiletries, clothes and small household items free of charge.
“We are very grateful for the grant from the South Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Mayoral Community Fund to help support the disadvantaged people in society.”
Cortonwood Comeback Centre in Brampton-Bierlow will also benefit from fresh funding after being granted £9,478 to help tackle loneliness, support young people with mental health issues and restart their breakfast club to offer families a free healthy breakfast.
Centre manager Denise Lelliott said: “To receive this award from the Mayoral Fund is amazing, it will enable us to get back up and running and support people in the community who are still feeling the impact of the pandemic.”
Mr Jarvis said: “We have received some very worthy applications and I am pleased that the fund has provided 23 grants to support a range of community groups, operating right across South Yorkshire.
“I look forward to hearing about the fantastic impacts that these grants will have on the lives of some of our most vulnerable people.”