The Robin Hood Fund
Right now we are all feeling scared and vulnerable, but there are many among us that will need more support, from food banks to food delivery and far beyond.
In Nottingham we have a famous history of looking after one another. You could call it the spirit of Robin Hood - and that spirit has never been more important than right now.
So we are creating something called the Robin Hood Fund and its aim is to ensure those in need at this difficult time are being looked after.
Our city has some exceptional people and projects that help individuals in need every day. The Robin Hood Fund has been set up for us to shine a light on these vital projects and help ensure they have the funding in place to continue their work at this incredibly difficult time.
Please, even during these unprecedented circumstances, we ask that if possible you donate and contribute to the common good of Nottingham. We know that so much is uncertain for us all right now but the smallest contribution can make the biggest difference.
The spirit of Robin Hood has created something unique in our city, now is the time to reignite that spirit so please donate today if you can and if you can’t please help us spread the word.
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What can I do?
Right now because of the severity of the situation, the single most important thing we can do is try to raise money, so that we are able to help the vulnerable.
Where have funds been used?
Since the Robin Hood Fund started we have always had one goal, to raise as much money as possible to help those most in need.
To date; the following causes have been supported;
Since the Robin Hood Fund launched we have had one clear goal, to raise much needed funds to support the most vulnerable people in Nottingham during the Covid-19 crisis. Following an amazing response from the people and organisations of our city we have already exceeded all expectations in raising more than £75,000 which has been distributed - or is in the process of being distributed - to a number of charities and organisations undertaking such important work during these difficult times.
To date; the following causes have been supported:
The Robin Hood Fund has distributed £20,000 in support of food banks across Nottingham. Working closely with Hope Nottingham and Nottingham Forest in the Community to deliver the wider support, food and supplies have been centrally purchased and then distributed to a number of different food banks, including: NG11 Clifton Foodbank, Meadows Foodbank, Grace Church, HOPE Nottingham, Bestwood & Bulwell Foodbank, Himmah / Muslim Hands, Arnold Foodbank and St. Ann’s Advice Centre.
Homeless Organisations (£10,000)
Emmanuel House was awarded £6,000 for additional specialist key worker support to boost its team at a time when Nottingham’s homeless community is at grave risk. This support is helping to ensure the homeless community are being placed into hotel accommodation as an emergency measure as hostels are very vulnerable to outbreaks.
There has also been £4,000 of support released to Framework to enable them to purchase essential items to the Homeless community in Nottingham. This included, but was not limited to, the provision of items such as mobile phones so that they can remain in contact with key workers and minimise the chance of these individuals being unable to stick to the government guidelines on social distancing.
Refugee Groups (£2,500)
Refugee Roots were provided with support to allow them to move from a model that required face to face contact, to being able to still provide support in a safe and socially distanced way.
In addition, Refugee Forum has been provided with funding for a destitution fund to ensure those with no access to support in other places can still get support.
Vulnerable Women (£4,500)
Nottingham Women's Centre have been awarded funding to help them to provide mental health support and online counselling, including training for counsellors to be able to provide online support.
In addition to this, further support was provided to POW Nottingham, an organisation supporting the rights of sex workers and those at risk of being exploited. This funding enabled them to purchase essential items including food and toiletries.
Disability Groups (£2,500)
With social distancing measures causing increased issues for the disability community in Nottingham, this support has enabled the Disability Support Nottingham organisation to increase its capability to provide phone support - in addition to welfare checks - to those in need.
Vulnerable Young People (£2,500)
Funding has also been provided to help support the amazing work of Nottingham YMCA, who are working with the most vulnerable young people in our city during this crisis. The support has helped to provide food and toiletries to those housed in supported YMCA and transitional accommodation.
Where will the funds go?
The most vulnerable people during this crisis and will be administered by the city council and delivered by people and organisations across the city that can help the most vulnerable.
Every Monday Nottingham City Council will administer the release of funds from GoFundMe to Nottingham City Council bank account. This means Nottingham City Council should, on average, have the money in the bank no later than Friday of every week.
Once in Nottingham City Council account the funds are ring fenced and held until the decision re: allocation has been made.
A working group, chaired by Lee Walker, will be set up to recommend how that branch of funds is released. This group is tasked with making the biggest impact possible whilst also being certain that the organisations in receipt a) need and b) promise to spend quickly ie. nobody saves the money. On Tuesday of each week the working group will have a paper approved by a member of ‘gold’ and paperwork will be sent to a small governance committee who are tasked with ethics and assuring the highest standards of governance and distribution.
Remotely the governance group will scrutinise and approve. Once approved Nottingham City Council agrees to distribute as agreed.
Money will then go out asap so groups and organisations are in receipt within 5 days. A one page press note to support and communication online to be transparent.
If I do donate will it go to those who need it?
Yes, 100% of any donation will go to those who need it.
I want to help my local community; will this money be spent in Nottingham?
I came to this page accidentally looking for more information on CV-19, where can I find accurate information?
For general information on CV-19, please ensure that you visit the .gov website: Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults
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A group of people in Nottingham have helped to make this happen: Greg Nugent, Chair of the Nottingham Board for Culture and Creativity; Lee Walker, Director, Board for Culture and Creativity; Simon Bristow, Head Creative, The Nottingham Project; Nigel Adams, Hope Nottingham Food Banks. We are a collective of Nottingham citizens who just want to make a difference.
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