Published:  11:37 AM, 12 July 2021 Last Update: 04:43 PM, 12 July 2021

Tower Hamlets launched its £3m Covid recovery fund

Tower Hamlets launched its £3m Covid recovery fund Mayor Biggs with volunteers outside the food hub and volunteer Frank Sapp on a delivery bike

Amulti-million-pound scheme to kickstart the economic, health and socialrecovery from Covid-19, has been launched by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets. 

Nearly£3m of grants has been committed through the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fundto support residents, businesses and the work of community organisationsrecover from the impact of the pandemic. 

Amongthe 25 projects across the borough that the fund will support to receive agrant from the fund is the Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH), whichhas been awarded a cash injection of £75,000. 

Withover 3,000 volunteers on its books, VCTH has been crucial to supporting schemesacross the borough during the pandemic to help vulnerable residents, includingproviding volunteers at the Community Food Hub based at Granby Hall CommunityCentre in Bethnal Green.   

Thehub distributes food packs to over 50 organisations across the boroughbenefiting 7,000 residents a week.  

Todate more than 700 tonnes of food and essential household items have beendistributed to hostels, women’s refuges, schools and care homes since thepandemic.  

17-year-oldFrank Sapp has been volunteering at the food hub for a month. 

He said: “Volunteering is really satisfying as you learn new skills, helpothers and have the chance to make new friends. I would really recommendvolunteering to everyone no matter what your age.” 

“Iam really pleased the Mayor is investing in volunteers as we play an importantrole in helping the community. 

70-year-oldJeff Waters has been volunteering at the hub for the past eightmonths.   

He said: “I live just opposite the food hub and was curious to see what theydo.  

“Itreally is amazing how many people the hub has helped and I am really proud tobe a volunteer here. I welcome the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund to help theborough get back on its feet.”