FAIRER Aberdeen is set to award a total of £368,000 to 47 local charities and community organisations to support people across the city impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding will be used to provide food, food vouchers, toiletries, household essentials and fuel top-ups to support those in financial hardship, as well as counselling sessions and activities to support mental health and wellbeing and tackle social isolation.
Some of the organisations to benefit includes Archie Foundation, ABERnecessities, Team Jak Foundation, Homestart Aberdeen and Aberdeen Cyrenians.
Paula Cormack, The ARCHIE Foundation chief executive, said: “The pandemic continues to make it incredibly difficult for charities like ARCHIE to raise the necessary funds to support families when they need it most.
“It was such a relief to learn that the Fairer Aberdeen Hardship Fund will be supporting ARCHIE’s emergency grant service and it is great comfort to know that despite the difficulties the charity is facing as a result of the pandemic we can continue helping those in our community who need it most.”
The aim of the Fairer Aberdeen Coronavirus Pandemic Hardship Fund is to help those at increased risk due to the pandemic, including people living in the most deprived areas, people living in households on low incomes, younger people, disabled people, minority ethnic households and households with children.
Councillor Jenny Laing, co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council and chair of the Fairer Aberdeen Board, said: “I am so pleased that we have been able to support so many local charities and community organisations in these extremely difficult times through the Fairer Aberdeen Coronavirus Pandemic Fund.”