Let’s help people out of poverty... a pound at a time

Fair Deal For Kids
Fair Deal For Kids

Poverty is not going to disappear overnight - but a little bit of help here and there could just make a huge difference.

It is nearly two months since the Daventry Express and its sister papers across Northamptonshire launched the Fair Deal for Kids campaign, after shock figures revealed parts of our county saw child poverty rates of more than 37 per cent.

Now it is time for action.

Which is why we have teamed up with the Northamptonshire Community Foundation to set up a dedicated Fair Deal for Kids fund.

The fund will be a ring-fenced pot of money for community groups and volunteer organisations within Northamptonshire that work to tackle poverty.

The money will be administered by Northamptonshire Community Foundation entirely, with the proceeds used to support projects in the county which are actively helping to tackle poverty and help vulnerable children and young people.

Chief executive of the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Victoria Miles, said: “There is some really good work going on in the community out there, but they all need funding.”

In real terms the fund could provide financial help to groups that rehabilitate young offenders, that offer CV writing classes or run food banks.

But it will also go towards groups that run social events such as coffee mornings, lunch clubs and fitness classes in deprived areas.

Grants director for Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Rachel McGrath, said: “When you are in poverty one of the first things to go are hobbies and activities.

“But often it’s that bit of social interaction that keeps people going.

“The isolation that comes with being in poverty can be devastating.

“A lot of the groups we fund are literally lifelines to people. They are a social club people can afford and access easily.”

And this is where you come in. The Gusher is calling on our readers to donate whatever they can to the cause – even if it is just a pound.

As the months go on, we will then show you exactly what the money is being spent on and how it is helping to improve lives.

To donate couldn’t be simpler. Either head to {the dedicated donations page|http://localgiving.com/charity/fairdeal|} or text FOUN01 £amount to 70070.

The Northamptonshire Community Foundation hands out a variety of funding for the county’s voluntary and community sector in the region of £1 million per year.

The final decision of where how the Fair Deal for Kids fund is spent would be made entirely by the community foundation’s monthly grants panel.