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Grant to British Red Cross (360G-EssexCF-A416303)

To help people in crisis in the County.


22 Jul 2016

Grant details
Amount Applied For 2294
Amount Awarded 2294
Award Date 2016-07-22T00:00:00+00:00
Beneficiary Location: Country Code GB
Grant Programme: Code 2015/16
Grant Programme: Title High Sheriffs' Fund
Last Modified 2017-06-06T00:00:00+00:00
Primary age group All Ages
Primary beneficiary People living in poverty
Primary ethnicity All Ethnicities
Primary issue Emergency/Rescue services
Recipient Org: Charity Number 220949
Recipient Org: Description The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies internationally and in the UK. The Red Cross operates a short-term wheelchair loan scheme to Essex residents and during the last quarter we didn't have sufficient equipment to meet demand. For someone with mobility problems, having a piece of our equipment can mean the difference between living independently and being isolated at home. The Red Cross operate a Hub and spoke system. The Hub is where all equipment is returned to after a loan to ensure everything is maintained and cleaned to meet hygiene standards. The spokes are centres where people may go to borrow equipment. In Essex, we have 7 spokes; Billericay, Tilbury, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Canvey Island & Clacton. Our Hub is Harlow. We also operate and are developing a home delivery/pick up service. This is particularly important for those living in rural areas or for residents that do not drive. In the last quarter we didn't have sufficient equipment to meet demand. Many people cannot access equipment for a number of reasons which includes not meeting the criteria to receive a piece of equipment from statutory services, or having to wait sometime before accessing equipment from the statutory service, if they qualify. In both cases this results in a delay can be disastrous to the individual. By meeting the need for short-term wheelchair loans, the Red Cross enables people with mobility issues to be discharged from hospital; maintain their independence at home; attend hospital appointments, school or work; maintain their dignity at the end of life; and participate in family and social activities from which they would otherwise be excluded The Mobility Aids service currently has 78 volunteers from the Essex region. In 2016 we loaned 10,000 items. We want everyone who needs a wheelchair to be able to quickly and easily get one that’s right for them, for as long as they need it. Our Crisis Response teams support the ambulance and fire service in Essex. Recently I was able to witness first-hand the support they give when they attended a fire in South Woodham Ferrers and supported a family which were left stranded after fire took hold of their home. We fundraise to purchase ER packs. These packs contain basic items for each family member should they be left stranded. The pack consists of new items: tracksuit, t shirt, underwear and basic toiletries. Our Emergency Response Teams are recently supported the London Fire relief operation. In 2016 our Emergency Response team attended 114 emergencies on Essex; these include fires, road traffic accidents and human trafficking Independent Living teams are working in Essex hospitals to bring residents home from hospital. Freeing up beds and allowing hospitals to continue their great work. Refugee Services have drop in session at Tilbury and Luton, supporting those who are waiting from help from our government. In 2016 we supported 332 refugees. Our team in refugee services continue to support refugees at their weekly drop-in session which is located in Tilbury. In 2016 our First Aid team trained 6,042 individuals throughout Essex. This included schools and corporate organisations. Our Event First Aid teams attended 104 events. And finally our Care Agents support people in their home who need to support with daily life. For example elderly residents with shopping, or just someone to call in for a chat. Please give details of any local networks or partnerships you are involved in Broomfield Hospital
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Alternate Recipient Name The British Red Cross Society