Foundation supports 36 local groups

The charitable arm of a major local project has awarded grants to 36 local organisations and charities to help them and the people they support recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each organisation will receive between £500 to £5,000 from Sirius Minerals Foundation, the charitable body supported by Anglo American’s Woodsmith Mine being built near Whitby and on Teesside.

The cash will fund projects and activities to help people regain their confidence and restart their lives as the country continues to come out of lockdown.

Foundation chief executive Leah Swain said: “We were pleased to be able to fund local organisations, many of whom had not received a grant from the foundation before, to provide a wide range of community-based activities to enable local people impacted by the pandemic to start to get out and about again.

“It’s been a tough 18 months for so many people in our area and we are just glad we can contribute in a small way to the incredible work of the voluntary and community sector who have done so much for their communities during the pandemic.”

One successful applicant was Newby and Scalby Parish Council, who will use their £4,982 to help launch their Walk and Talk campaign to help prevent isolation.

“We’ve found that more and more people are struggling to get back out into the community after the Covid-19 pandemic, so the plan is to attract and train volunteers to help, whether that be going for a walk or going shopping,” explained Helen King, from the council.

Another organisation that will benefit from Foundation funding is Redcar based Teesstrhive, who will use their £5,000 grant to continue and expand their Vagabonding sessions for local youngsters.

This is the second round of grants for the Foundation’s Covid-19 recovery fund, following the award of £350,000 to 33 local charities in November 2020.

Anglo American is funding the foundation with £1m a year while the mine is under construction.

Longer term, it will be funded by percentage of mine revenue, which is expected to amount to several million pounds per year.