On Tuesday 17th March the partner organisations in our building came together to see what we could do. It is clear now that the impact of Covid-19 on our local community and on our operations is going to be significant, and could last for some time. We wanted to ensure that we continue to use our resources for the benefit of the local community, and right now we believe that means us working to reach those most at risk locally.
We are pledging to take the following actions:
- Create a flyer to be delivered to everyone in our defined local area of benefit. This will explain how they can help others locally, and also ask them to tell us what help they might need.
- Update our website, adding pages with reliable and up to date information about Covid-19, to try to combat the rise of mis-information.
- Make initial phone call identifying needs to those identified locally as being at risk, or in need. Thereafter make minimum weekly calls to check how they are doing, and just for a chat!
- Expand our food bank, currently entirely run by St Peters Church, making it a partnership project. Add deliveries to reduce risks of Covid-19 transmission, and to deliver to those who cannot, or will not leave their homes currently.
- Bread n Butter CIC are beginning to batch produce nutritious frozen homemade ready meals, to be distributed to those in need locally.
- Where we find needs which we cannot meet, to help local residents to find the help they need elsewhere.
- Explore how to run “virtual community centre” activities, streamed live over the internet.
To do all of this we need your help!
These are the ways in which you can get involved:
- Help us to identify those at risk or in need locally. Ask them to get in touch, or ask them if you can pass us their details?
- Donate food to our food bank. We hope to be around most days, but best to ring before you deliver on 020 8357 0923. Here are lists of the best food and non-food items to donate:
- Volunteer to help with our “virtual community centre activities”. Perhaps you’re a musician, comedian, or someone who could do an interesting talk? Once we’ve worked out the tech side of this, we want you to do your thing in front of camera, and we will share it with our community by live streaming it over the internet.
- Volunteer – we’re not taking volunteers on just yet, but would like to get a list together of people who might have a decent amount of time to give. We will recruit slowly to meet the local needs identified, but if you’re interested then please do get in touch. We can also signpost other opportunities locally.
- Donate some money to help us to deliver our plan. You can donate through our GoFundMe page.
- Share what we are doing with others!
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The best way to get in contact with us is on email, as currently we’re very busy. Contact is our CEO:
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Our area of benefit locally in the estate on which we are based – 1,000 homes, previously called the Stonegrove Estate. We are also working across part of Kings Drive, and also the Days and Atkinson’s Almshouses. If you know of anyone in need locally but outside of this area do still put them in touch, and we’ll do our best.
We also consider anyone who regularly attends activities at OneStonegrove to be part of our community, regardless of where they are based.