BHA’s Financial Inclusion Team have been working with Eyemouth Community Council to get help for struggling families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Eyemouth Community Council was successful with an application to the Radio Borders Cash for Kids Warm and Well funding scheme and approached BHA for help in identifying families on Universal Credit or with children receiving free school meals who would qualify to receive £100 per child.
Marion Rayner, BHA’s Senior Financial Inclusion Officer, said: “We basically had two days to identify families who would qualify, so for us the easiest way was to go through our previous referrals and select all the families who met the qualifying conditions. We then contacted all those we could in the time allowed and with their permission, forwarded their details onto Eyemouth Community Council. I’m only sorry that there will be lots more families out there that we weren’t able to contact.”
James Anderson, Eyemouth Community Council Provost, added: “Those families who qualify will receive a visit from a member of the council with £100 cash per child and we hope that by giving cash it will have an immediate impact for the better on the child’s daily life.”
Another great example of BHA working in partnership with other organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic.