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Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund support families with food over the festivities

by Sandra Issar

The Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund has supported a number of residents over the last year, addressing the issues that matter to them.

Funding is allocated to organisations, charities and community groups who are working with residents and are best placed to identify both needs and, importantly, can refer them for appropriate support.

The £2.5m fund was established by the Council to support residents who are facing a number of diverse issues following the pandemic.

St Nicholas Church and St Mary’s Church in Halewood are supporting families, particularly during the busy and challenging festive period, with food and essentials including toiletries.

Referrals have been made through schools and over 30 families will be supported in time for Christmas.

Alison Shacklady from St Nicholas Church said

“Christmas can be a challenging time for everyone, but the worry intensifies when there’s the additional pressure of putting food on the table. That’s why schemes like the Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund are essential. It provides support where it is needed, when it is needed. We are delighted to be part of Knowsley Better Together and supporting our local community.”

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, added

“Throughout the year, we have supported our residents with a range of issues – from heating, food and mental health support. Our partners, community groups and charities work closely with our residents and they are able to identify the issues that are impacting on them. Through the Knowsley Better Together Hardship fund, tailored support can then be provided to them and I know from the feedback I’ve received, it has been a lifeline for many.”