Jubilee Fields Community Association Winter Luncheon Club benefits from the Surviving Winter campaign

08 January 2014

Jubilee Fields Community Association celebrated their winter luncheon club last month with residents of the community, using funding from the Surviving Winter campaign. A grant of £1500 was provided by us to help the organisation fund a weekly luncheon club for local elderly residents.

Jubilee Fields Community Association is the only purpose built community resource in the town of Shildon for residents of all ages to access a wide range of activities. The money received from the campaign is being used towards room hire, cooks and food for the weekly luncheon club to run through the winter months and is a huge boost to the local community. After an overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s winter luncheon club, the community association was keen to implement it again this year. Jubilee Fields Community Association is one example of a worthwhile cause that has benefitted due to the Surviving Winter campaign.

Barbara Fuller, Development Worker at Jubilee Fields Community Association said:
“We are delighted with the funding for 12 weeks of the luncheon club as it really helps people to not only survive, but also thrive this winter. The Christmas lunch this year is the start of the funding and a great way to help the community gel together and ensure that everyone is well, happy and cared for this winter. Winter is a difficult time for many people and we try, with the help of grants such as these to do what we can to help.”

Now in its third year, the Surviving Winter campaign aims to help thousands of people who suffer as a result of the cold winter weather. The UK-wide campaign is managed locally by County Durham Community Foundation. The North East has one of the highest proportions of households in fuel poverty in the UK, emphasising the importance of this appeal to our local community. Last year the local campaign awarded over £17,000 to groups and individuals in County Durham and Darlington. Nationally the campaign managed to raise a staggering £1.2 million benefitting 20,000 across the UK.

The campaign urges people in receipt of a winter fuel payment to donate that payment if they can afford to do so. Money raised by the campaign will be distributed to older and vulnerable people across County Durham and Darlington to help them through the winter months. This includes community and voluntary groups that run winter programmes, such as Jubilee Fields Community Association, as well as individuals living in fuel poverty to help them purchase top ten energy-efficient household items.

You do not have to be in receipt of a Winter Fuel Payment to support the campaign. All donations are welcome and will help us to support those who are in the most need this winter. To donate online please click here or go directly to www.justgiving.com/Surviving Winter13. Alternatively send a cheque made payable to County Durham Community Foundation to FREEPOST CDCF. To find out more about the Surviving Winter Campaign please click here.