Maxlife is based in an area with existing deprivation issues which are being exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. Many Households are benefit dependent or in insecure employment. We can offer support to young people suffering from the effects of isolation, stress and very real concerns about the danger of the virus and its impact.
Our small team of dedicated part time staff and volunteers are working tirelessly in offering support to our young people and their families especially those most vulnerable. They have had to adjust their way of working to give as best a service they can in these most trying of times, often going beyond their normal duties but without complaint.
What We Are Doing
Part of our approach to our work is in using food as a social tool, involving young people in the preparation and cooking, devising recipes and menus. During the lock down restrictions we are having to be more inventive and using video, social media, Max-Zine newsletter to reach our young people.
Our Project reaches out to those young people and their families in our community most in need. It supports those who don’t know where their next meal will come from, households where parents go without in order to feed their kids.
More We Can Do With Your Help
The project will enhance our current food offer to vulnerable young people and families. We will reach out further to people and offer a wider choice of support. Support will include food parcels, simple menu's with ingredients and fun competitions. The offer will run alongside offering activity packs, copies of our newsletter Max-Zine and online/phone support.
We want to go further than our food parcel offer, health isn’t just about food and it’s not just about people’s physical health. We want to address young people’s mental health and well-being issues too. We want to raise spirits, bring a smile to a young person’s face. We want them to know they are not alone, that we are still here for them.
Our project will enable people to access our support who cannot access it at the moment, whether that is due to lock down restrictions, financial constraints or any other travel restrictions.
Beneficiaries of the project will be existing young people we support, new young people and wider family members. This project will strengthen our ability to support beyond the current crisis which will cause major financial problems to many people beyond the immediate crisis. We are currently in contact with people by social media, phone contact and through social distancing contact when delivering food parcels.
We publish our newsletter called Max-Zine which we are distributing around the area and to those shops/takeaways etc that are open. Max-Zine contains information on the support we are able to offer and contact details as well as activities/other contact info etc. We are continually adapting our service in line with the changing situation and will incorporate our experiences and learning from this current crisis, including feedback from our users and incorporate learning into our future delivery.
Like lots of other voluntary groups we are having to seek out extra funding to enable us to deliver. Its hard for everyone at the moment but our slogan is ‘Physical Distancing – Social Solidarity’. We believe that by working together and the support from this funding we will make a difference and we will come out of this stronger together. We Are Maxlife