Published on 13th May 2020

Police and crime commissioner David Keane has awarded an emergency grant to enable Trinity Safe Space to help support asylum seekers and refugees receive critical support and emergency help during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Trinity Churches Together were successful in their application to PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities Express Grants fund which is supporting community organisations to respond to the pandemic. The group ordinarily run drop-in sessions under the banner Trinity Safe spaces (TSS) across Halton.

TSS normally operate weekly sessions from Halton Methodist Church in Runcorn and Trinity Methodist /URC church in Widnes. The drop-ins enable people to meet, communicate with each other whilst improving their English and gaining much needed access to local support services.

TSS will work alongside a local group, A Better Tomorrow who will continue to offer support via a revised outreach services to vulnerable people from the community and enable access to support services and emergency care packages. In addition, the group will be able to make referrals to the local Foodbank for regular, more sustained support.

Funds will be used for emergency food parcels, care packages relating to personal hygiene, access to telephones and household items. Support is tailored to the needs of the individual and their family and will offer support mainly to those in crisis or critical need.

Pauline Ruth, lead volunteer from Trinity safe space, said: “Isolation is making some of our most vulnerable community really distressed as, once again, they feel disconnected. They are struggling with the lack of contact with family and friends, lack of access to regular support services and a lack of understanding around the restrictions relating to social distancing.

“Many of the people who attend the drop-ins rely heavily on the weekly sessions to provide a safe space whereby they can ask questions, feel supported and cared for and a place they could ask for help.

“The funding from PCC David Keane will allow us to purchase emergency food parcels, clothing, toiletries and childcare items to ensure the whole family is well looked after.

PCC David Keane added: “The Trinity Safe Spaces project provides a vital service across Halton ensuring vulnerable people feel included within their local communities. Their role is crucial in the development of safer, more diverse communities within Cheshire.

“Asylum seekers and refugees are arriving in the UK all the time and it’s important we provide them with support, guidance and develop their skills to enable them to contribute positively to the community in which they are to become part of. Groups like this have a fundamental role to play in ensuring we support those who need it most and who are unable to access service.

“I have made a commitment to reinvest money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and put it back into the community where it can have a positive impact. This project will contribute to the overall aim of making the communities of Cheshire, safer and more connected”

To find out more about how you can apply for the funding please visit: https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-i-do/making-cheshire-safer/safer-communities-fund/