01 April 2020

Exeter Community Wellbeing initiative aims to help those in need during coronavirus outbreak

Exeter City Council and Wellbeing Exeter are working together to provide practical help and support for local people to help them through the coronavirus outbreak, including the launch of a new £1 million Community Action Fund.

Exeter Community Wellbeing

Together, they have set up Exeter Community Wellbeing to assist individuals and community groups in helping and supporting each other during this challenging time. The hope is that Exeter Community Wellbeing will nurture the already blossoming examples of people coming together in their communities to help those who need it most.

Through online and telephone hotlines, Exeter Community Wellbeing is gathering information from people and organisations who want to offer their help and support to the community response. They will then share this with individuals who need information about the support on offer in a light touch “matching” service, linking people who need help with local people and groups.

How you can help

Please contact them using the forms on their website, or on 01392 265000 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00, Sat-Sun 09.00-12.00), if you are:

  • An individual, community group or network who would like to offer activities or support
  • A community group supporting people in relation to Coronavirus and would like information, advice, resources or funding
  • A community organisation offering staffing or other resources
  • An individual, family, organisation or company offering help and resources
  • A resident who would like practical support because you are self-isolating because of Coronavirus
  • Caring for, or are aware of someone, who would benefit from practical support because of Coronavirus

Exeter Covid-19 Community Action Fund

In addition to this, as part of the Exeter Community Wellbeing initiative, Exeter City Council have also launched a Community Action Fund, offering grant support for community groups and organisations to work on local projects to support those people and communities most affected by the pandemic.

The fund is supported by the Exeter Chiefs Foundation and will support groups and organisations with a one-off grant of up to £1,000 to support projects for community led activities, such as providing supplies for food banks or covering transport costs for getting vital supplies to people isolated at home.

The fund can also be used for a one off grant of up to £3,000 to help existing community organisations that are facing a shortfall in income due to cancellations, and require immediate, short term funding to keep essential services running.

Find out how to apply for funding here.