Published on 7th July 2020

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

The Roy Humphrey’s Centre in Longford has received a £1,000 grant from PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities express grant fund to support its food delivery service.

The community centre, which usually provides activities for older people in the area, has delivered more than 400 meals to vulnerable residents in Longford, Poplars and Hulme since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.

This funding from the Commissioner will allow them to carry-on their food delivery service for local people who are still shielding.

The grant from the Commissioner has come from a funding pot which takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it back into the community.

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 Roy Humphrey’s Centre to this crisis and supporting vulnerable people.

“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.”

Amanda Gillespie, charity leader from the Roy Humphrey’s Centre, added: “Most of the attendees from the centre are older people and due to coronavirus are shielded in isolation. We initially had to close down, however we wanted to try and keep our worker employed and also help people access free hot food.

“We were able to secure some funding to deliver hot meals to 100 people a week, and we have delivered nearly 400 meals since April. The demand for the project is high and other services are starting to think of similar ideas.

“The funding from the Commissioner will allow us to continue this project and support the most vulnerable people in our society.”