VOLUNTEERS: – Couldn’t do it without you!
We were set up to meet a community need and this remains the purpose for the life of the organisation. The work we carry out is priority focus and commonly stems from volunteering of outstanding individuals from within the community. We are a Living Wage employer and our vision and focus is achieving benefit for the community, and rebuilding the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and vulnerable adults by:
- Reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness
- Reduce the effects of deprivation
- Reduce social exclusion
- Improve health and well-being
- Improve community cohesion
- Improve life-skills
MEET THE TEAM: – Amazing bunch of guys/girls!
We have 3 Directors and 1 None- Executive Director, who have the skills and abilities to lead and support the development of the organisation; all are volunteers and receive no salary for their involvement. We employ one full-time member of staff, and four part-time members of staff. To become a member of our organisation all one has to do is complete an application for membership, this can be obtained by contacting our admin team. There is no 'membership fee' to pay to join, however applications will need to be approved at our directors meeting.
THE PROJECT: – Tailored with you in mind!
The explicit aim is to address health inequalities in some of the most deprived areas of London by providing improved access to support for people living in complex social circumstances. We work cooperatively with residents in and around priority wards, and take referrals from healthcare professionals and statutory organisations, working as a “Link Worker” to co-produce solutions that best suit their needs and improve the overall health and well-being of the local people and their communities. The reality is that many people are leading detached and lonely lives, isolated from the longstanding communities around them; barely engaging with the civic space they live in, living sedentary lifestyles and having very minimum contact with one another. That’s why we are taking the bold step to meet them where their at – their own door-steps, inside the communities in which they live.
YOUR SUPPORT: – A little kindness goes a long way!
Funding will be used to cover the cost of weekly 2-hour sessions of ‘Healthy Living Classes’; the salary of a health and wellness mentor adviser/coach, with over 20 years experience of working with children, young people and vulnerable adults; 2 specialist tutors/link-workers who can empathise with the lived experiences of the identified target people groups; and expenses of 12 local resident volunteer co-facilitators. They will be supported with training and by the end of the project can run similar projects themselves.
YES WE CAN: – Mission possible!
By the end of the project residents will be able to manage their own health and well-being, Improve their eating habits; increased knowledge of healthy foods (Such as Okra), It contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It's low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content; other benefits include #1: Dietary Fiber #2: Anti-Stress Effects #3: Help Lower Cholesterol #4: Anti-Fatigue Benefit. Service users will also bemifit from advanced physical, spiritual, mental, emotional health and well-being; feel part of a community; understand the necessity of incorporating more social engagement activities into their daily lives and routines and why it is key to obtaining fitness and overcoming loneliness, including stress, depression and anxiety. This type of work is generally undervalued and achievements unrecognised. Through your support this is one way we can ensure these needs are met, and the associated learning recognised.