Derbyshire Dales District Council has launched a series of initiatives to help vulnerable families in the district over the Christmas period.
A grant of £750 from the Western Power ‘In This Together – Community Matters Festive Fund’ will be put to good use providing hampers for children in the five secondary schools within the Dales. Each school will receive £150 towards presents to put in hampers for children from the most vulnerable families.
Other initiatives across the Dales include the provision of food bags to families with school age children on the Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock in partnership with the Friends of Hurst Farm, Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Services and Feeding Derbyshire. Discounted Christmas food boxes and veg bags will also be provided with assistance from Fareshare.
The District Council’s Community Development Manager, Becky Bryan said
“We are delighted to be able to help local families this Christmas who have been the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic and are grateful to our partners who have made this possible”
Fifty ‘Nominate a Neighbour’ Christmas boxes for people over 65 will be provided and grant funding will also support a socially distanced Secret Santa event for Hurst Farm residents with a gift for children.