What have we done for you 2022 20 During Covid-19, we were there with you… We gave financial help to foodbanks in Sudbury, and Hadleigh. We worked in partnership with other Suffolk councils to offer an app and phoneline to connect volunteers to those who needed help. Our grants supported new and existing groups to cover staff costs, volunteer expenses, utility bills and food purchasing. This ranged from people who had difficulties getting groceries, medication, and essential household goods, to those affected by isolation, loneliness or bereavement. By the end of September 2021, the helpline had received 14,850 calls. Our Communities Team also led a ‘Knock and Check’ campaign over Christmas 2020 to ensure people stayed connected, warm and with enough food. We linked up with parish councils and local partners. Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils provided £1.6m to local community organisations assisting with the pandemic response. Across 2020 and 2021, the council helped businesses by providing nearly 8,500 Covid-19 grants, amounting to £43,865,040 in financial support.