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CITY Community Trust given grant to help with Coronavirus support

Published: 1 April 2020

CITY Community Trust CITY Community Trust - image taken before the virus outbreak

An Exeter charity that jumped at the chance of helping out during the Coronavirus outbreak has been awarded a grant from the City Council.

CITY Community Trust has been given nearly £1,000 by the Exeter Covid-19 Community Action Fund.

The £1 million Fund is being run by Exeter City Council as part of the Exeter Community Wellbeing initiative and is supported by Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

CITY Community Trust is the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club. Jamie Vittles, chief executive of the charity, said last week that it made “complete sense” for his team to get involved in helping out across the city.

“Normally we would be preparing for our Easter holiday clubs or delivering a huge variety of community activity for people of all ages.

“Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the delivery of our services, with the majority of the work we do at a standstill,” he said.

“Our team are prepared to get stuck in and help in any way they can, whether that is collecting prescriptions, food shopping, delivering urgently needed supplies, or supporting children with their education.

“We take our place at the heart of the community in Exeter very seriously and will do whatever we can. It’s in our blood, it’s our ethos – it’s just what we do,” he added.

The Trust has a six-strong team and is offering up its van to help around the city.

Cllr Amal Ghusain, Lead Councillor of Equalities, Diversity and Communities, said: “The community spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude of Jamie and everyone at the CITY Community Trust is incredible.

“Like so many groups and individuals, they have risen to the challenge that this virus has brought and reacted with such positivity. I can’t thank them enough,” she added.

To find out more about the Exeter Grants Programme, go to the City Council website: Exeter Grants Programme

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