A NETWORK of community groups, led by River Clyde Homes, has made a successful bid to the Scottish Government to bring a £100,000 windfall to the Inverclyde area.
The money will be used for the benefit of the most vulnerable in the community who are being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
River Clyde Homes teamed up with Inverclyde Community Action Response Group (ICARG) to make the bid. The housing association will be working with Creative Inverclyde, Belville Community Garden, Mind Mosaic and Your Voice to deliver a range of projects.
This follows what has been an amazing coming together of the already close-knit Inverclyde community in response to the impact of the crisis.
Stephen Henry of ICARG said: “Inverclyde Community Action Response Group (ICARG), which comprises 10 third sector organisations and more than 350 on-the-ground volunteers, was created to support the needs of the Inverclyde community as a direct result of impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“To date, there are 13 services running, covering areas such as, meal prep and delivery, through to free telephone access to mental health support.
“ICARG is delighted to be partnering with River Clyde Homes and looks forward with excitement, through this partnership, to creating innovative services, for the benefit of Inverclyde residents.”
The money will be targeted across a number of broad themes — personal finance, food provision, connectivity, wellbeing, isolation, and mental health.
A programme will be rolled out across the partners over the coming months to deliver things such as fuel cards, food vouchers and recipe cards, digital equipment and training for older residents, isolation and activity kits and mental health training for River Clyde Homes’s frontline staff.
Each partner will play a key role in the delivery of much-needed services.
Heather Mitchell of River Clyde Homes said: “This very welcome funding will go some way to tackling just some of the issues that have come to the fore during the current crisis.
“It has come to the attention of the partnership just how deep the impact of Covid-19 has been and we are determined to alleviate this in any way we can.
“Working with the ICARG partners has allowed us to introduce a wide range of projects that will benefit the residents of Inverclyde.”