A major push to help Wirral recover from the effects of the pandemic is underway, with £4million funding being used to enable a number of grassroots community projects that will combat inequality, improve the mental health of young people, and give residents the skills and equipment needed to work and play in a digital world.
The funding is from the Government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) and is being used to deliver a range of projects, including:
- £1million to enable grassroots community organisations support innovative digital solutions for vulnerable people and improve digital access.
- A package of Mental Health services, including school-based support for young people and mental health first aid training for resident, businesses and groups.
- £1.5 million to bolster more than 50 local groups who played a critical role in the local pandemic response. The Community, Voluntary and Faith (CVF) Renewal Grant scheme has provided up to £50,000 to help build their resilience and allow them to continue delivering services that connect people, build confidence and encourage participation.
- Debt Management & Employment Support is a £500,000 scheme to enable Ask Us Wirral – a partnership of Citizens Advice Wirral, Age UK Wirral and Wirral Mencap and Wirral Change – to expand local debt management and financial advice services, and local charity Involve Northwest, to enhance their support to help get residents back into work.
More information about how COMF funding is being used be downloaded here
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