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Santa at a community Christmas meal in Wells in 2019

Charity offering grants to reduce loneliness at Christmas

THE Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking to support community groups in Somerset that can help to reduce loneliness and share some Christmas cheer through food and festive activities.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for some of our neighbours. And this year will be another tough Christmas for many due to the ongoing coronavirus situation and increased energy bills.

“SCF wants to fund groups who can reduce loneliness in their communities through festive food – and bring the spirit of Christmas to people either at home, or arrange flexible, in-person activities that can be delivered safely within the coronavirus guidelines in place at that time.

“The Festive Fund for Somerset offers up to £300 to groups if they can tell SCF how their work can combat the isolation and loneliness that many people can feel in the winter months.

“Groups will need to think about how they can safely prepare and deliver food and gifts, or think creatively about how they can bring people together safely to create happy Christmas memories.

“Grants will be awarded for work that supports people of all ages who may experience loneliness or disadvantage at Christmas.

“To apply, you will need to complete a short application form by Friday, October 29. SCF will let applicants know if they have been successful by Friday, November 12, so they will have plenty of time to plan their activities.”

For information on how to apply for a Festive Fund grant visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/festivefund

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