The covid – 19 pandemic and subsequent lock-down illustrated a new need within the community, the centre became proactive enabling it to meet the needs of the community. We were contacted by the local community for help and support. Relatives who did not live in the local area were worried about loved ones and would ask us to check they were ok. When contacting people, it became apparent that vulnerable people were finding it difficult to cope. Families were struggling financially and could not go shopping. Older people were shielding and unable to get to the shops to buy food, those with long term health conditions were also struggling. To help address this need the centre became a food and care package donation and collection point during the lock-down; volunteers collected and distributed items to those in need. We made food to cater for all tastes and on VE day we made a full chicken dinner with homemade scones and delivered these. We received donations of soft toy’s and crafts for children, we delivered these with the care packages. While adhering to the Government guidelines volunteers worked to make sure families, older people and those at risk received as much help and support as possible.
Throughout the pandemic (so far) we have achieved the following:
- Delivered 216 care packages including food, toiletries, toys and books each week.
- Issued breakfast boxes to families entitled to free school meals throughout the summer holidays
- Recruited 10 volunteers to deliver care packages and weekly shopping to those in need.
- Issues 170 emergency food packages
- Secured funding to deliver activities to young people during the summer holidays.
- Worked with partners to offer telephone support/chat to those who were isolated.
- Secured funding to offer subsidised cleaning and dog walking to older residents who might be struggling during this time.
- We have developed a partnership with The Carers Trust Heart of England to deliver support sessions to young carers and their siblings.
“thank you for the food, it gave us something to look forward to”
“thank you, I have struggled with mental health and your support has really helped”
“angels, my children loved the activities”
“I used the food to make bolognaise sauce and freeze some so we had more meals”
Mr X an elderly gentleman lived on his own in a Whitefriars bungalow. He was in hospital when the lockdown started and was being sent home during the lockdown. His family lived the other side of Coventry and were unable to visit him. They contacted us via facebook messenger and we were able to organise for his house to be cleaned before he came home, had a weekly clean and we took hot food to him each week along with health meals he could microwave and fresh fruit” The project ensured Mr X was able to eat healthily throughout lock down and his family knew he was ok and being checked on.
Miss Y is a lone parent with four young children, the family do not speak English. They saw our posts on facebook offering food parcels and care packages, the family had a limited income and they were finding it difficult during the lockdown to buy food and essential items needed by the girls. They came to the community centre to collect essential items and food packages and toys we had donated (covid safe). The children were thrilled as they had something to look forward to each week.