How are we supporting people in need?
Wells Coronavirus Network – 25 community groups in Wells working together – promotes good neighbourliness in difficult times. 300 volunteers in teams across Wells and the surrounding villages are providing support for residents who are suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. We are especially focussed on meeting the emerging health and wellbeing needs of elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.
Why do we need financial support?
We are providing a telephone helpline offering advice, information, logistical support for those self-isolating at home with shopping and prescription delivery, and food boxes for people facing exceptional hardship. Our callers reveal high levels of confusion, loneliness, boredom and fear, especially amongst the most vulnerable people in our community. As lockdown continues, the need for assistance is increasing. We want to be able to respond, and your donation will help us to be there for more of our neighbours.
The funds we raise enable our volunteers to respond flexibly and immediately to meeting emergency frontline needs. As a guide to what your donation could pay for:
- £5: the telephone helpline for a week
- £20: awareness raising communications for a month
- £55: the weekly cost of the Prescription Delivery Service
- £110: the weekly cost of emergency food boxes
Ways to make a donation
Gifts at every level are welcome and are entirely voluntary. You can make a donation by:
1 contributing to our crowdfunding campaign at: https://bit.ly/wcnjustgiving
2 By bank transfer reference: Wells Coronavirus Network to:
Project Factory CIC
Account number: 77040368
3 By cheque – payable to: Project Factory CIC and posted to:
Wells Coronavirus Network c/o
C/o Project Factory CIC
1 Project Factory CIC played a catalytic role in establishing Wells Coronavirus Network. This is co-ordinated by a Core Group which has authorised Project Factory CIC to receive and administer funds raised for and on behalf of Wells Coronavirus Network.
2 Because Project Factory CIC is not a registered charity, it is not able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations.
Wells Coronavirus Network is proud to have received the following endorsements:
Bishop Peter, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Bishop Ruth, Bishop of Taunton
Bishop Ruth and I are pleased to commend the Wells Coronavirus Network to residents of the city and area. It is wonderful to see how people are responding and supporting each other in this time of crisis. People are setting aside their fears and anxieties to help others and building strong community bonds, that will last, we hope beyond this current crisis, and help to forge a better future for us all. Our prayers continue for the network, and all of us during this period.
John Davies, Dean of Wells Cathedral
The Cathedral is delighted to be supporting organisations, WCN and others, who are bringing vital assistance to those isolated or in other need at this time of crisis. In a variety of ways, together we can deepen our community life and have a special care for those whose need is greatest. This is a testing time. It’s testing who we are as a community and what we are about.
Tessa Munt, Somerset County Councillor for Wells
At this deeply worrying time, with levels of COVID-19 infection sadly predicted to increase, I share a widespread concern to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable people are not overlooked. That is why I am so heartened by the creation of the Wells Coronavirus Network. The fact that all those involved have been able, so quickly and so effectively, to mobilise such community wide volunteer support is truly remarkable. I believe our volunteers deserve our unreserved support in their endeavours to provide people across our community with the practical help they need.