Published on 4th June 2020

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has awarded funding to a community group in Cheshire West which is helping vulnerable people during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Ark Community Cafe has received a £1,000 grant from PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities Express Grant Fund to deliver a packed lunch to vulnerable residents who are shielding or self-isolating in Sandiway and Cuddington.

The group, which usually runs a community café in the area, has quickly adapted its service to support people through the crisis.

The food packages are also being offered to staff at local schools caring for children or frontline workers.

PCC David Keane said: “The coronavirus has presented an unprecedented crisis in our communities with more people than ever having to rely on local volunteers and support groups to get access to vital supplies.

“It’s fantastic to see so many community organisations like The Ark Community Café responding to this crisis and supporting vulnerable people. If there is one positive thing we are seeing at the moment, it is a real spirit in our communities of people pulling together to help their neighbours.

“This helps cement the fact that we are all in this together and that we all need to support each other in the best way we can. The Safer Communities express grant fund is about empowering local people to take action. The fund takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it back into the community.”