Working in collaboration with the emergency services Worcestershire Community Foundation has set up the Worcestershire Emergency Fund to support individuals and communities who have suffered because of a major incident.
We know that in the event of a major emergency people are generous in their desire to help those who have suffered, so the Fund will provide a way for them to donate.
The challenge then is to make sure that the money is spent where it is most needed. We have set up arrangements with charities, such as the Citizen Advise Bureaux’s in Worcestershire and Age UK, who already help people and our first route to support will be through them because they have the local knowledge and expertise. However we will seek to support any organisation that can make a difference.
WHEN THE COUNTY EXPERIENCES AN EMERGENCY THE WEBSITE HOMEPAGE WILL BE REPLACED WITH UP TO DATE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EMERGENCY AND DETAILS OF HOW TO ACCESS AND GIVE TO THE EMERGENCY FUND
Statement by Lt. Col. Patrick Holcroft, Lord Lieutenant
I am delighted that the Worcestershire Community Foundation, working in collaboration with the emergency services, has established the Worcestershire Emergency Fund. This will give support and relief to those suffering the effects of a major incident
The lives of the people of Worcestershire have been disrupted by major incidents in the past, and we know that, no matter how much we plan to avoid them, problems will occur in the future. Flooding immediately comes to mind but we have suffered the effects of foot and mouth disease, transport disruption and other issues in the past and in these uncertain days the prospect of terrorist acts must be added to the list of possibilities.
When faced with such problems the generosity of the people of Worcestershire shines bright. The Emergency Fund will provide a mechanism for donations from the public and businesses to be brought together to ensure that we use the money given as efficiently and effectively as possible and with the lowest possible administrative cost.
Once funds are collected the Community Foundations existing grant awarding systems will come into play to ensure that help goes where it is most needed efficiently.
I applaud this initiative and the work that has gone into setting it up and am pleased that the people of Worcestershire can feel a little bit more secure because of it.
How can you be part of the Emergency Fund arrangements? (PDF)
The following documents are the up to date processes and protocols for the Emergency Fund. they may be of interest to the general reader but are included here mainly to provide easy access for those operating the Emergency Fund in the event of it being made live.
Grant Awarding Protocol (PDF)
Use of Funds (PDF)
Initiation Protocol V2.0.pdf
Belwin Scheme and Emergency Fund.pdf