Community Action Suffolk has today welcomed the government’s pledge of a £750m support package – but warns of challenging times ahead.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed the intention of issuing cash grants to organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector who have seen their income shrink in recent weeks.
Chris Abraham, CEO of Community Action Suffolk, is pleased to see the sector and its plight acknowledged, but recognises that many of the county’s crucial charities and social enterprises will continue to struggle in the coming months.
She said: “It is of course really encouraging to see the government recognising the sector, and appreciating that many crucial charities, organisations and local community groups have seen income fall away because of decreased donations, shop closures and the postponement of major fundraising events at a time when demand is increasing and resource is tight.
“We are now awaiting more clarity around the breadth of organisations which will be supported, and which in Suffolk will benefit directly.”
Sounding a note of caution, she added: “At the same time as welcoming this step from the government, I do want to emphasise that of course, this money won’t be available to all, and it won’t prevent a number of Suffolk’s organisations from struggling as we continue through the pandemic and beyond.
“It means that it will continue to be important that we donate and show support to our county’s great voluntary, community and social enterprises in the sector, so that we can help safeguard their future and help them continue their great preventative and reactive work in the community.”
Community Action Suffolk is supporting the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund, led by Suffolk Community Foundation which was launched last month to encourage more public donations for our local causes at this critical time.
Already, the fund has raised nearly £370,000 and supported more than 80 organisations.
Chris said: “Right now, in the midst of the pandemic, Suffolk’s voluntary sector is doing some amazing work in terms of keeping people connected, supported and cared for.
“We must never underestimate the role they play in the county, and should do all we can to enable them to thrive – now, and in the months and years ahead.”
For updates and advice for the voluntary sector during the pandemic, you can visit a designated area of the Community Action Suffolk website at https://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/covid-19-response/
To find out how to volunteer during the pandemic, more information is also available on the website at
To donate to the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund, please visithttps://www.suffolkcf.org.uk/suffolk-coronavirus-community-fund/