Barclays 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

To support COVID-19 relief work in UK communities, we launched the Barclays 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.

This commitment – which forms part of our wider COVID-19 Community Aid Package – focuses on supporting UK charity partners who are meeting the immediate needs of people in UK communities, including low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers.

We invited UK charities to apply for one of 100 donations of £100,000, and were delighted by the sheer volume and scope of applications we received from charities across the UK who are tirelessly delivering impactful, on-the-ground support to vulnerable UK communities impacted by the crisis.

Here are some of the charities that we are working with:

Charity Partners

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Bethany Christian Trust

Bethany Christian Trust is a national charity whose mission is to relieve the suffering and meet the long term needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland. Last year, they commenced 4 new services and their work aided 7,000 people through the provision of services oriented around homelessness prevention, crisis intervention and housing.

The charity directly accommodates 200 people nightly and assists hundreds more in their own tenancies and communities. The charity’s hard work results in positive holistic outcomes for beneficiaries across their education, employment, mental health and social networks.

Barclays’ donation will allow the charity to fund 12,000 emergency packs which include food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and activities aimed at children for 3,000 vulnerable households throughout Scotland, providing vital provisions to over 5,000 people who have been most impacted by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crossroads Care Oxfordshire 

For over 25 years, Crossroads Care Oxfordshire have been giving relief to care-givers by providing trained care workers that can share the challenge of giving care to people with physical or mental health needs in the community. The charity has provided over 9,000 hours of direct care support in the past 12 months, and as a result, has given carers the equivalent number of hours of respite from the demands of giving full time care.

The support from Barclays is enabling Crossroads Care Oxfordshire to continue improving the individual wellbeing of their clients by providing weekly supportive telephone calls; the charity is also establishing a benefit fund that is available to care workers who lost work during the worst months of the pandemic.

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Finchale Training College

Established in 1939, Finchale Group helps those needing a little extra support to get on in life and to achieve their full potential. The charity provides holistic support to those who have been excluded from school, veterans and the wider community.

The last twelve months has seen Finchale start to implement a new strategy to secure the future of the charity, including working with young people permanently excluded from school and delivering alternative education pathways. They are also developing apprenticeships and different vocational training, and the charity works with the armed forces community as well as delivering mental health initiatives alongside vocational training and outdoor activities.

This support from Barclays is being channelled towards reducing social isolation and improving the mental and physical health of some of the most vulnerable families in County Durham. This is being done by enabling families to connect digitally to others and by offering a range of virtual activities, counselling and learning opportunities.

Groundwork Trust 

Founded in Yorkshire, Groundwork was set up to help communities cope with change, and use enterprise and innovation to improve lives and neighbourhoods.

Through thousands of diverse, locally-led projects, the charity’s activity focuses on issues ranging from tackling climate change to helping people out of fuel poverty.
The pandemic has created hardships across the region, and this support from

Barclays will enable Groundwork to expand their provision of financial advice and support through their Green Doctor programme, to areas where they are currently not able to serve. There is greater demand for this service than before the pandemic as they have seen a rise in vulnerable people on low incomes struggling to access support with energy advice.

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Heel and Toe Children's Charity 

Heel and Toe Children's Charity helps young people with profound physical and neurological disabilities in the North East. The charity encourages children to live active, fulfilling, and independent lives through the provision of free therapy.

Before the start of lockdown, Children and young people aged between three months and 25 utilised the charity’s services which were led by highly qualified specialist paediatric therapists every week. This ranged from conductive education, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, massage therapy, hydrotherapy and occupational therapy.

Barclays’ support is helping the charity provide a lifeline to 300 children, young people and their families, who currently have nowhere else to turn during the pandemic. The provision of the charity’s services is crucial, funding will allow them to adapt and offer their one-to-one scheduled remote therapy sessions to vulnerable children and families in the comfort of their own homes via video link technology.

Lakeland Community Care 

Fermanagh-based Lakeland Community Care Limited’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of those most vulnerable and in need in the community, through the provision of domiciliary and day centre care services and a range of community support and engagement services.

Since March 2020, LCC have been working on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 and are actively designing new ways to engage with isolated individuals. Barclays’ support will fund a project to provide immediate COVID-related support to older people isolating at home, by providing hot meals and social engagement resource packs.

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Pompey in the Community 

Pompey in the Community is an independent charity partnered with Portsmouth Football Club, that aims to inspire, support and deliver positive change and equality of opportunity to young people and adults at risk. The charity invests £1.5 million into communities within the city and neighbouring area to support vulnerable and marginalised people, and their programmes are facilitated as after school clubs at 52 different schools in Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

Over the past 12 months, Pompey in the Community achieved the English Football League Community Club of the Year 2019 award, having delivered 31 separate projects and worked with over 34,500 individuals. As 7,000 individuals continue to participate in Pompey in the Community’s programmes every week, Barclays’ support will help the charity to continue to provide essential supplies and care packages.

St Margaret’s Hospice Care

Based in Somerset, St Margaret's Hospice has been operating for 40 years providing high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Over the past year, they have supported 4,800 terminally-ill patients, family members and carers in their homes, in-patient unit, and through outpatient services. Their medical expertise, nursing skills and specialist support services has been valuable in aiding 583 adults and 160 children who have lost loved ones through physical, emotional and spiritual care.

This charity has been one of the first hospices nationally to harness technology to improve collaboration, knowledge sharing and training to advance end-of life experiences. This support from Barclays will enable them to continue caring for dying people shielding from COVID-19 at home. During this unprecedented time, the charity’s 24 hour adviceline is vital in helping patients, carers, and other healthcare professionals reduce the isolation, fear and anxiety among their patients.

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Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

Teens Unite Fighting Cancer supports young people fighting cancer to live their best life, while others search for a cure. The charity’s team ensure that young people fighting cancer during the pandemic can remain connected and support each other.

At a time where the charity is not able to fulfil their primary activities as a result of the pandemic, and time when young people isolated by cancer are further isolated, Teens Unite Fighting Cancer has launched new digital meet ups for their beneficiaries to access. The donation will cover the licencing costs for the online platform, the cost of professional services as well as the costs of materials and their postage for the ’meet and make’ type activities.

Women’s Technology Training Limited 

Established in 1983, Women’s Technology Training Ltd (WTECH) provides education and training for vulnerable and BAME women from acutely disadvantaged backgrounds in inner city Liverpool. Over the last 12 months, the charity has helped 1,000 learners from 47 nations, from the poorest Wards in Liverpool, complete Entry Level 3 to Level 4 qualifications with an 85% success rate. Of these learners, 35% moved into employment and 40% progressed onto higher programmes; resulting in increased employability, improved household income levels and improved quality of lives for families.

Due to the pandemic, all education delivery is now remote and will continue to be available online during normal class times for learner activities, assessment and achievement. WTECH is also maintaining contact to support and combat social isolation but the charity is no longer able to provide the interventions to combat immediate issues of declining mental health due to a loss of contract income and trading income. As a result, these funds will support a more rigorous and vitally needed counselling and wellness function.

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Young Gloucestershire

Established over 25 years ago, Young Gloucestershire aims to increase the confidence, motivation and skillset of young people. A youth-work approach is at the heart of everything they do, especially building relationships with young people to understand their needs and help improve their lives.

The charity works with the vulnerable individuals between ages 11-25 that have experienced disruptive homes, or caring for a family member or coping with a mental health issue. So far, the organisation has supported over 1,800 disadvantaged young people to create opportunities that educate, inform and inspire.

Barclays’ support will be valuable in aiding the organisation to scale up their new Crisis Youth Work programme. This will give scope for them to assist the most vulnerable in Gloucester and allow them to respond to urgent requests from communities in the rural areas of the county such as the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds.