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Surrey PCC gives £500,000 to support partner organisations

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, David Munro, has given a £500,000 Coronavirus Support Fund for partner organisations to help them cope through the outbreak.

PCC Munro has provided the fund to help services who support those most at risk due to the situation, such as domestic abuse, homelessness and substance misuse.

Fifteen organisations have already been allocated funding of over £50,000. Decisions around allocation are being made in real time as circumstances develop. 

PCC Munro said: “Now, more than ever, it is crucial we help local organisations to navigate the uncertainties of continuing support for the most at need.

“I have seen remarkable steps already being taken to deliver services such as counselling, advice and practical help for vulnerable individuals under exceptional conditions. I want to do everything in my power to help the amazing people making this possible to carry on, to be able to work remotely or with the appropriate protection, and to reach more individuals in need.”

Over £37,000 of the funding allocated since the end of March will allow domestic abuse services to provide additional staff and working hours, facilitate home working and technical support to ensure the continuation of helpline services.

Damian Markland, OPCC Head of Policy and Commissioning, said: “The measures being taken to keep us all safe are unfortunately also likely to leave some very vulnerable people isolated and less able to seek help. We are particularly concerned about victims of domestic abuse who we know are at increased risk due to current movement restrictions.

Mr Markland went on to say: “We are also mindful that this is likely to be an extremely challenging time for those recovering from substance abuse, as well as ex-offenders that have been working hard to rebuild their lives.

“The emergency fund is about helping local organisations adapt to this new and challenging environment, and ensuring that those that need support can still access it.”

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care, East and North Surrey Domestic Abuse Services and Your Sanctuary are among other organisations being supported.

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