Rotary’s Waverley Covid Support Fund has been established by Rotarians in Godalming, with the support of the other Rotary clubs in Waverley, and endorsed by Waverley Borough Council.
The support fund has been set up in anticipation that job losses and economic hardship are likely to continue to affect the borough, long after the immediate health impact of the pandemic has reduced.
A number of organisations in Waverley currently offer support to those living in specific areas.
The new fund will work together with those to ensure consistent access to financial support for everyone, meaning no families or individuals fall through cracks.
The initial funding partners are Godalming Town Council, Godalming’s two Rotary clubs, Rotary International and the Go Godalming Association.
They have also secured agreement to cooperate with the Farnham Coronavirus Support Fund, Cranleigh Community Fund, Cranleigh and District Lions Club, Busbridge and Hambledon Church Family Support Fund and Henry Smith (Godalming) Charity.
As well as providing financial support, the fund will work closely with Citizens Advice Waverley, who will give tailored, practical help and advice so that individuals can make best use of financial support provided.
The initiative has received the support of the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, who said: “Well done in organising this initiative, which is going to be such a support to so many living in the local area over the coming months, and beyond.”
Well done in organising this initiative, which is going to be such a support to so many living in the local area over the coming months, and beyond.”
Both Godalming Woolsack and Godalming Rotary clubs are back the project. Chris Bedford, President, of the Rotary Club of Godalming Woolsack said: “We will do whatever we can to help meet such needs, no doubt including some people who might never have dreamed of seeking support in this way.”
And Liz Wheatley, President of the Rotary Club of Godalming, added: “Having experienced redundancy, I appreciate how scary it can be. I am delighted that our clubs have got together on this very worthwhile project, which could make all the difference to some of our residents.”