St Agnes Parish Bolster Hardship Fund

St Agnes Parish has a thriving business community that supports not only their local residents, but also a busy trade in tourism year-round. The Bolster Hardship Fund has been set up to support business owners, their staff and members of the community during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The Bolster Hardship Fund

As with many areas so dependent on tourism, many parish businesses have been hit hard by the lock down and travel restrictions. And with business closures, the local members of the community that work for them have also been hit. Whether this is bar staff, cleaners, chefs or musicians, all have found themselves either furloughed or without work.

With so many members of our community affected by the impact of COVID-19, we have decided to set up the Bolster Hardship Fund to support them. 

Access to a Hardship Fund might allow someone struggling to pay for their weekly shop, or a reminder on an unpaid bill. It will provide vital support to those hit hardest in our community right now, at a time when they’ve had their income completely cut-off and have no certainty on when they will be able to open or work again.

Any amount of money, big or small, will help to support these people. We want the parish of St Agnes to remain not only a wonderful place to live, but also a wonderful place to visit once restrictions on travel are over.

So please give anything that you can to help those currently struggling in the parish. 







FAQs

How can I help? 

Even once lock down has eased, many local businesses will still be unable to open or face problems due to social distancing. The most important thing that we can do is try to raise money to help.

We envision there being the need for ongoing support for long after the lock down is over for many of us - and we'll want to be there to help when that time comes. 

Who will it help and who can apply? 

Anyone who runs a business within the boundaries of St Agnes Parish, covering the villages of Mount Hawke, St Agnes, Mithian, Porthtowan, Blackwater and Wheal Rose, or who is a member of the Chamber of Commerce (this isn't a stipulation for application).

Any of the staff of these businesses can also apply, as well as anyone dependent on the businesses for work, such as cleaners or musicians.

We are also looking to work with local agencies on referrals for the support of people within our community who are not working for a local business, but that do need support financially. 

For more information and for our application form and criteria - https://visitstagnes.com/st-agnes-parish-bolster-hardship-fund/ 

Where will my donation go? 

100% of donations will be distributed to those in need via the Bolster Hardship Fund.

Staff paid by the St Agnes Chamber of Commerce will administer, along with representatives from Cornwall County Council, St Agnes Parish Council and St Agnes Parish Church.
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Kelly Luff-Cooper 
Organizer
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Steven Irwin 
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