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Audacious Foundation ‘gives big’ to support pandemic’s most vulnerable 

8 July, 2020

Audacious Foundation is a charity that was created to tackle some of the biggest issues faced by the communities of Greater Manchester, including poverty, homelessness and family challenges. 

The finalists of last year’s Springboard Heroes awards were nominated for their ‘The Big Give’ programme, which works in partnership with Audacious Church, social services, schools and local supermarkets to ‘give big’ to those who need it most. 

Since then, the Trinity-based charity has expanded their services into Bury, Stockport and Cheshire and is continually looking at ways to support the most vulnerable within the community. 

Like many charities, they have been inundated with requests for help from people who are struggling as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Thankfully for the people who rely on their support, they have been able to adapt their services. This includes serving the homeless with freshly prepared hot meals and distributing over 350 takeaway packs to those who are still on the streets in the last month alone.  

They have continued to support families affected by cancer with crucial transport to hospital appointments and over-the-phone befriending, plus they’ve provided over 60 language students with online classes every week. 

Laura Howard, programmes director of Audacious Foundation, said “This year’s The Big Give has been helping to meet the extra demand created by the pandemic across Salford and beyond.  

In partnership with local schools, healthcare teams, social workers and supermarkets we have been able to distribute over 150 food hampers and essential items a week. This totals around 22,000 meals and we plan to continue delivering over the school summer holidays.”  

“As a result of the impact of the pandemic on poverty, mental health, unemployment and family issues, we are now in the process of reviewing how we can respond to the significant need people will face over the coming months. We’re grateful to all of our volunteers, donors and partners for continuing to make this all possible.”  

Audacious Foundation is currently operating on a referral system: Simply follow audac.us/help to request support for yourself or on behalf of someone else. 

Voting for the third annual Springboard Heroes awards opens on Monday, 13 June.  

The winner will be announced during Love Your Neighbourhood Week, which takes place from 17 – 21 August.