Our team is made up of 10 committed volunteers who volunteers their time and talents 3 times a week running the coffee morning for the elderly, skill based workshops for young adults who are not in education employment or training and supporting families who need support and advice.
Due to Covid-19 their has been an increase in demand for our services in which our volunteers have been working tirelessly meeting the needs of those affected as result of the virus. Preparing and delivering food parcels to those in need.
The team is made up with different professionals such as teachers,social workers,nurses and youth workers.
Funding will provide food parcels for 75 households on average a week for a year, along with extra support for elderly and disabled residents. Due to the crisis these families no longer have enough income to buy everyday necessities.
We will support low-income families by providing food parcels that they can collect on Mondays. On Wednesdays we will cook and deliver warm meals, along with non-perishable items to elderly and disabled residents . The preparation and collection will take place at the church hall. 10 volunteers will help with cooking, packaging, distribution, quality control and monitoring. We receive some food through donations to the local food bank but will need funding to supplement this so we can provide the support needed for the most vulnerable in our community.
Last year unemployment levels in Croydon were higher than the national average and many residents were already struggling financially before the crisis. Currently our beneficiaries are experiencing job losses and an increase in financial insecurity. This uncertain situation will continue well after the current lockdown is lifted.
Since the start of the lockdown 1.5 million Britons have reported not eating for a whole day because they have no money or access to food (The Food Foundation). We have seen first-hand that more and more households require our help, but we are unable to support them without obtaining additional funding . With your help, we can provide our community with the basic necessities they lack.
Our elderly residents helped design this project after one neighbour, tragically, died in her home because she was too weak to cook. Even though there was enough food in the house, she did not feel well enough to go to the kitchen. The community also encouraged us to extend our Comfort Line. We will call elderly and disabled residents, after they have received the food parcels and cooked meals, to make sure that they are well and offer support and advice.
What's the outcome ?
The outcomes we would like to achieve are
By providing food parcels, cooked meals and basic essentials to our most vulnerable residents we will prevent them from going hungry in a time of crisis.
Due to the strict guidelines regarding self-isolation many local residents feel lonely because they are unable to visit families or friends. We will provide a friendly face for them to talk to, respecting social distancing guidelines, and follow this up with a call to check on their emotional well-being.
Christine Banton, one of our beneficiaries wrote to us, regarding the food redistribution service that we have been providing to the community: “Thank you so much for the food parcel, particularly as I had been unwell. From the first food parcel thank you and your team for thinking about my family and I, this has been a real lifeline”.