The Covid-19 pandemic created a crisis on a global scale that no-one could have anticipated. It has quite insidiously exploited the fault lines that already exist in society, and it is abundantly clear that it has contributed to increased isolation, poverty and inequality in Islington.
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020, it immediately became apparent that as local funders, well integrated into the fabric of the voluntary and community sector in Islington, we would have to respond quickly to help groups adapt to meet the needs of the people we support.
This report touches upon the work of 43 organisations that received a total of 50 grants across all of Islington Giving and Cripplegate Foundation’s funded programmes. Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving funding – whether Crisis funds, longer term funding support or ongoing funded programmes – have collectively played a key role in helping ensure the worst impacts of the pandemic, for both residents and the sector locally, have been mitigated.