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Successful Surviving Winter campaign

24 February 2017

Concern Wadebridge's daily soup kitchen.jpg

We are very grateful to everybody who has supported the Surviving Winter appeal this winter. The campaign has allocated £13,000 to a total of 11 community groups. The groups that benefited from the fund are Action for Children, CAB Cornwall, Concern Wadebridge, Cornwall Refuge Trust, CRCC, Inclusion Cornwall, Liskeard Breathers, St Austell Community Kitchen, Transformation CPR, Wadebridge Foodbank and Wild Young Parents.

Concern Wadebridge received £2,168 towards providing a daily soup kitchen through the winter months, where people could enjoy hot homemade soup, bread rolls and baked beans on toast. Concern Wadebridge provides a warm and safe environment where people can spend the day and meet friends.

Andy Lyle manager of Concern Wadebridge said “The Surviving Winter Grant has enabled us to provide light warm snacks and for some who use the centre it is the only warm meal they will have that day. During the winter months we have quite a few people who come into the centre and spend the day here, either joining in with various activities or just passing the time keeping warm.”

STAK in St Austell received £900 to assist people with long-term mental health conditions, homeless or disabled people and people who are isolated and living on their own. Everyone who is helped has no form of income or a very limited one. STAK provides a welcoming and warm environment, hot meals and referral advice.

People receiving funds towards heating and electricity costs said: "Fantastic help during this cold weather", "It really helps a lot", "Great to be able to turn the heating on!"

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WILD Young Parents Project received £1,863 from the CCF to distribute small sums of money to those in difficulty. WILD facilitates eleven groups in Cornwall for parents aged 19 and under and their children. Their group activities include cooking, budgeting, physical activity and mental health support and generally promoting health and wellbeing for families. Many of their beneficiaries struggle financially during the winter period due to heating costs and many of them have small children.

Oliver Baines, CEO of the CCF, said: "Once again we have received fantastic support for this appeal. The support provided by small front line organisations across Cornwall is literally a lifeline for those in need.”

19.1% of households in Cornwall are in fuel poverty (23% in the Isles of Scilly), rising to 40% in parts of the Duchy. This winter-centric issue causes serious health problems including heart attacks and strokes, about 300 people die unnecessarily each year in Cornwall from the cold. Poor health from a lack of warmth affects another 50,000 people. The campaign, run by CCF also has a great impact with addressing other winter costs such as food, weekly shopping trips, befriending services and help with energy efficiency issues – and much more.