Supporting our communities across the UK
Barclays’ COVID-19 Community Aid Package donations are deployed through partnerships with trusted charities and, to date, more than 370 charity partners around the world have been supported by Barclays to deliver vital relief efforts to people most in need.
In the UK, we’ve partnered with charities supporting communities during the pandemic, including Macmillan Cancer Support, enabling them to handle over 13,000 additional interactions with people living with cancer, and Turn2us, who extended their financial support helpline operating hours during the peak of the pandemic.
Through our 100x100 Programme, we invited UK charities to apply for one of 100 donations of £100,000 each, to help them deliver impactful on-the-ground support. We were so inspired by the scale of the response, we expanded the programme to help more charities. We’ve now supported 250 organisations across the UK.
We hear from some of our UK charity partners about the difference they are making through support from Barclays.
Our partnership has helped Marie Curie reach more people online including 5,800 through its support line and 255 via its telephone bereavement service. It’s also enabled the charity to give bereavement training and share end-of-life care expertise through a virtual academy.
Our partnership has enabled Family Action to provide more than 2,500 financial grants to vulnerable families facing extreme hardship and open 18 new food clubs across the UK to provide weekly food packages.
Our partnership has enabled FareShare to serve 5.9 million meals to people across the UK struggling to put food on the table and raise the profile of what FareShare do.
Our partnership has enabled Refuge to launch their new Tech Safety website, support more than 90 survivors through its Modern Slavery Services, strengthen their cyber security infrastructure, mitigating risk and supporting remote working, as well as supporting staff wellbeing and resilience.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Our partnership has enabled Macmillan Cancer Support to give urgent grants to almost 500 people living with cancer and funded 17 newly created posts for their support lines, allowing Macmillan to handle over 13,000 additional interactions and offer vital advice to more than 100,000 people living with cancer.
Our partnership is helping Samaritans to respond to 10,000 calls for help every day, and adapt and future-proof their services to support anyone facing emotional crisis, including upgrades to the Samaritans Self-Help app.
Through our 100x100 Programme, we invited UK charities to apply for one of 100 donations of £100,000 each, to help them deliver impactful on-the-ground support.
Inspired by the scale of the response, we expanded the programme to help more charities. Through the programme, we have reached 250 organisations to support vulnerable people and communities impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.
Charity partnerships in the UK
We’re working with selected UK charity partners that are providing critical COVID-19 relief services to vulnerable people hardest hit by the pandemic and to those on the frontline of the response.
Our partnership has helped Age UK answer more than 115,000 calls to their National Advice Line and supported their Telephone Friendship Service to make over 25,000 friendship support calls to older people – of which over 175 of our colleagues are helping to make.
National Emergencies Trust
Our partnership is helping National Emergencies Trust to distribute £2m through grassroots charities to support communities experiencing racial inequality who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
NHS Charities Together
Our partnership is helping NHS Charities Together work with 240 charity partners to improve services for patients and help 1.5 million NHS staff and volunteers both practically and emotionally so that they can continue with their vital life-saving work.
Street Soccer Scotland
Our partnership has enabled Street Soccer Scotland to double the number of small-group football sessions they offer and provide food to 1,200 people a week who faced challenges during lockdown.
The Felix Project
Our partnership is enabling The Felix Project to rescue surplus food and deliver it to over 900 frontline charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals to those struggling to afford to eat.
The Hygiene Bank
Our partnership has helped The Hygiene Bank to distribute over 6.6 tonnes of essential hygiene products to over 170 students and their families who are experiencing financial hardship.
Our partnership has helped Turn2us to extend the operating hours of the charity’s helpline during the peak of the pandemic, and to provide wider helpline capacity to increase the number of users the charity can provide financial support and information to.
UK Community Foundations
Our partnership has helped UK Community Foundations to distribute £68m across 46 local community foundations, to thousands of grassroots charities working to support some of the hardest-hit people in the UK.