Learning Curve donates over £20,000 to emergency fund

Brenda McLeish, CEO of Learning Curve Group, which is to donate the remainder of its Charity Foundation funds to County Durham Community Foundation's Covid-19 Response Fund.
Brenda McLeish, CEO of Learning Curve Group, which is to donate the remainder of its Charity Foundation funds to County Durham Community Foundation's Covid-19 Response Fund.

National learning provider, Learning Curve Group, based at DurhamGate, Spennymoor, has donated over £20,000, the remainder of its Charity Foundation’s funds, to County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF)’s Covid-19 Response Fund.

CDCF has responded to the needs of the community by launching the fund to help groups survive and The Learning Curve Group Charity Foundation has donated their entire fund to support County Durham’s front-line community groups and local charities as the uncertainty continues.

Brenda McLeish, CEO of Learning Curve Group said: “People are at the centre of everything we do, so we’ve made an important decision to change the pillars upon which our fund was established with the aim of supporting those who are in need of funds more than ever.

“As changes are announced daily, we are committed to supporting the local community in whatever way we can, be that through launching our #EducateWhilstYouIsolate campaign or through donating our entire LCG Foundation fund to this brilliant community cause.

“I’m just happy that the foundation is set up and is able to help those who need support the most at this difficult time”.

The #EducateWhilstYouIsolate campaign has been launched to help people fill their days with learning by expanding eligibility to the company’s fully funded online courses.

Working with County Durham Community Foundation, the funds will be used to help in the following ways, among others:

  • £5 can buy a hot dinner for an older person self-isolating;
  • £10 can buy basic food items for a food bank; 
  • £20 can buy fuel to help a volunteer deliver meals on wheels;
  • £50 can support village halls to call elderly people in self-isolation;
  • £100 can keep the lights on for a community group.

The public can also donate by visiting  www.crowdfunder.co.uk/durhamcovid.

Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation, Michelle Cooper, said: “The situation is becoming more serious as each hour passes and we cannot afford to wait around.

“We are devoting all of our time and energy into supporting our local grassroots groups, which in turn will bolster our communities.

“Illness, isolation, loneliness and poverty are very real in County Durham and Darlington right now and exacerbated by the spread of Covid-19, but if we work together we can provide support to the life-changing local community services that will lessen the blow.”

Meanwhile, with social distancing now in force, Learning Curve is also extending the eligibility criteria for the online enrolment and induction process for their suite of over 40 flexible learning courses, which means anyone can have access to their courses, whether they’ve studied with them before or not.

A spokesperson said: “Our courses are completed online, which allows you to gain skills without having to attend a classroom and whilst stuck at home.

“So, if businesses are sending staff home why not take the time to study something you’ve always been interested in, do some extra continued professional development and, most importantly, keep your mind active.

“Courses cover key sectors and topics including Mental Health Awareness, Understanding Autism and Digital Skills.”

You can view their flexible learning courses and sign up on their website.

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