Funding boost for Norfolk Community Foundation from UK Power Networks and Anglian Water
Communities in Norfolk are being helped to get hold of extra funds quickly during the coronavirus pandemic after utility firms have joined forces to make donations.
Nationally, eight firms collaborating on a regional initiative, have donated £500,000 to 21 community foundations across the areas they serve.
As a result, £20,000 has been donated to Norfolk Community Foundation through a utility network partnership between UK Power Networks and winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Anglian Water to help people in vulnerable circumstances.
The eight firms are supporting local community foundations to make sure funding quickly gets to the frontline, helping local foodbanks,volunteer centres, food delivery services and outreach programmes for those at risk of isolation.
Last year community foundations supported more than 16,600 community organisations and charities.
Kerry Potter, consumer vulnerability manager, who chairs the Utility Networks Partnership, said: “In this difficult time for the communities we serve, this is one way we can provide practical help and support to make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities.
"We are proud to work with our regional partners in the industry to support the community foundations, through this fund we are ensuring individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak are helped.”
Rosemary Macdonald, interim CEO of UK Community Foundations, said: “This extraordinarily generous donation will enable community foundations to reach the people who most need assistance throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Each community foundation has an in-depth understanding of their local area, what the priority needs are and how best to address these issues, so they can ensure the funding goes where it is most needed and can make the most impact.”
People who may need free extra support in the rare event of an electricity, gas or water outage can join confidential priority service registers. Pensioners, parents with children under five, disabled people, hearing and sight-impaired residents, people with dementia, the chronically ill, those using medical equipment powered by electricity at home, can all benefit from free extra support by joining the registers.
To get in touch about this with UK Power Networks visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority, call 0800 169 9970, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; and for Anglian Water visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/priority-service, call 03457 919 155 or use Anglian Water’s MyApp.
Anyone facing difficulties with their utility costs at this time is urged to contact their energy and water companies, which can explain the financial vulnerability programmes they have in place to support customers.