The organisation aims to work with, and support Refugees and Ethnic Minority community groups whose English is their second language and are living, studying or working within Westminster City in particular and London areas in general through the provision of free generalist advice, information, advocacy, translation and guidance. In order to achieve this, the main activities of the organisation are to:
1. Inform and support Refugees and Asylum Seekers who are experiencing problems because of language, culture, their immigration status and other social exclusion 2. Perform the role of general advocacy for this particular client group within Westminster City in particular and London Boroughs in general and to represent them at various Forums where Refugees concerns and issues are involved 3. Provide services and facilities as needed, available and accessible to the targeted groups through learning support and to provide services and facilities as needed, available and accessible to beneficiaries
The organisation drop - In services and other activities have been affected by the COVID 19 crisis. We are experiencing an increased number of beneficiaries directly accessing our services for welfare issues caused by the COVID - 19 (debts, job lost, welfare benefits denied or reduced, lack of foods and heating at home, evictions, domestic violence increased, drugs misused). But due to the immediate need facing our targeted community groups, the organisation in consultation with the trustees, volunteers and communities, has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Support to provide adequate support needed to its targeted community groups who are disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kongolese refugee's elderly people are isolated, with compromised immune systems are worried about going to the shops to buy food. Many of them are watching their livelihoods collapse and already start struggling with their daily life, they could go hungry and also lots of them may lose their jobs or be facing serious financial difficulties and also experiencing health problems such as diabetic or compromised immune systems and are even more anxious about their future. This is where we come in; we are going back to our roots, of caring, delivering fresh and cooked food for them. Right now both the future of the Kongolese elderly people in Westminster, and the health of our most vulnerable community members is in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 situation crisis.
The funding is for providing healthy foods, delivering fresh, cooked foods and fruits 2 days a week to around 80- 95 vulnerable Kongolese elderly people (aged 60+) known by the organisation, Westminster residents and are self - isolated, experiencing difficulties accessing nutritious food, which is very worrying particularly at a time when healthy food is pivotal to help build up immune systems and fight disease. The Kongolese elderly people are isolated, with compromised immune systems and are worried about going to the shops to buy food. Many of them are watching their livelihoods collapse and already start struggling with their daily life, they could go hungry and also lots of them may lose their jobs or be facing serious financial difficulties and also experiencing health problems such as diabetic or compromised immune systems and are even more anxious about their future. From our Voluntary Crisis Team, where there are about 12 community members, our team is made of Chef, Nurses, Drivers, Retail Salers, Students and House wifes will purchase, cook and deliver nutritious foods and fruits to 85 – 90 Kongolese vulnerable elderly people 2 days a week for 28 weeks.