Surviving Winter Fuel Fund
We are calling on anyone who receives the Winter Fuel Payment but does not need some or all of it, to donate it to us and help us ensure people in Cornwall stay warm and well this winter.
Donations can be made by;
- Sending a cheque made payable to The Cornwall Community Foundation
- Visiting our Just Giving page, please click the icon below
Local charities and community organisations have a special role in reaching some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, developing trusted relationships and implementing practical support programmes that work.
Funds raised from this campaign will:
Enable charitable organisations to hold a pot of funds to distribute small grants to vulnerable and low income individuals who struggle to heat their home and maintain a reasonable quality of life during the winter months
Organisations in Cornwall can apply for between £200 and £1,000 to distribute depending on their capacity
From these funds usually £30 to a maximum of £100 can be made available to individuals
Examples of grants that can be made, may include a purchase of a warm meal, payments towards additional transport costs over the winter, costs towards heating/fuel including electric key meter top-ups and much more.
Support charitable organisations running additional activities over the winter months
These grants are for additional work over and above normal activities and must be in response to the impact of the cold weather on your members or beneficiaries. Please download the Cold Weather Planning Tool to help you respond to your beneficiaries needs during the winter months.
Grants range from £250 - £1,000 higher awards can be considered at the panel's discretion
How can you respond to your beneficiaries needs during the winter months?
This list is not exhaustive, but actions might include:
Increase your regular activities
Increase your transport costs (e.g. provide taxis to ensure people can reach your services)
Targeted visits during extended cold weather (befriending service)
Check beneficiaries have enough food and are warm enough
Provide warm meals (e.g. Meals on wheels service or provide hot meals at your activities)
Advise carers of potential impacts of cold weather (workshops)
All grant funding must be spent during the winter months and no later than the 31st March 2017.
Last winter the campaign has successfully allocated £15,550 in grants to a total of 13 organistaions. Over 500 people benefited from the help received in Cornwall.
The groups that benefited from the fund during winter 2015 - 16 are Action for Children, CAB Cornwall Liskeard, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust, Gateway 2 New Life, Inclusion Cornwall, Launceston Memory Cafe, St Austell Community Kitchen, The Oasis Centre, Volunteer Cornwall, Wadebridge Foodbank & Storehoue and the Wild Young Parents Project.
STAK in St Austell received £750 to assist people with long-term mental health conditions, homeless or disabled people and people who are isolated living on their own. Everyone who is helped has no form of income or a very limited one. STAK provides a welcoming and warm environment, hot meals and referral advice.
WILD Young Parents Project received £1,000 from the CCF to distribute small sums of money to those in difficulty. WILD facilities eleven groups in Cornwall for parents aged 19 and under and their children. Their group activities include cooking, budgeting, physical activity and mental health support and generally promoting health and wellbeing for families. Many of their beneficiaries struggle financially during the winter period due to heating costs and many of them have small children.
Applications will be processed and decisions will be made within 7 working days of receiving your application.
Please follow the relevant links below.
Organisations applying for additional activities over the winter months:
Organisations applying to distribute funds to vulnerable people over the winter months:
A booklet of recipe ideas to make your food go further has been launched in Cornwall. The initiative links with the ‘Winter Wellbeing’ campaign to reduce winter deaths and will be circulated to people most in need through local food banks.
Cornwall Community Foundation sponsored the guide. Oliver Baines, Chief Executive said: ‘The great message from this book is that we can eat better, stay healthy, and spend less, all at the same time. Many may think that good food costs more. This book proves the opposite.’
Anyone can find the guide online at www.cornwallhealthyweight.org.uk/healthy-eating/eat-well-spend-less-meal-planner. You can also call Health Promotion Service on 01209 310062.
The Winter Wellbeing Guide is packed with useful advice and information about staying warm, keeping well and being happy and safe this winter. Hard copies are available from Cornwall Council One Stop Shops, libraries and many other sources.
Here is a useful link for more information http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/winterwellbeing.