Published on 4th May 2020

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has awarded an express grant to support individuals affected by poverty and homelessness during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Audacious Foundation will be launching their ‘community reach’ project, providing access to emergency food parcels for those individuals and families in Chester and the surrounding area who are self-isolating or are in financial hardship.

The charity usually operates a number of services for the community working to educate, encourage and empower people to overcome challenges. The funding will be used to purchase essential items and deliver food parcels to support some of the most vulnerable people in Chester and surrounding localities.

The grant has come from the commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund which takes money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it into local community projects.

PCC David Keane said: “There are currently so many members of the community who are struggling to adapt to a new way of life and stay indoors. It can be hard for us to imagine how difficult lockdown would be without a safe place to call home.

“There are so many people who need support and guidance at this challenging time and charities like the Audacious Foundation are a great example of how we will all get through this if we do it together.

“The Safer Communities express grant fund is about creating safer, stronger, more resilient communities which can adapt and support one another, I believe this grant will do exactly that.”

Laura Howard, program manager at Audacious Foundation, added: “This funding will enable us to support hundreds of people across Chester and the surrounding areas. We will target our resources ensuring the most vulnerable receive food and essential items.

“Our role is to encourage and empower people to overcome challenges within their lives and what better time to give people the help to get through this.

“We thank the PCC for enabling us to purchase these parcels and ensuring we can support as many people as possible.”