A generous grant is allowing a community centre to provide culturally tailored meals to those forced to isolate as a result of the pandemic.
A £1,000 grant from the UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham charity, working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, means the Edward Woods community centre is serving up the food that means most to those who need it.
It is part of a £5,650 grant share-out to seven community groups… all made possible by the generosity of individuals and businesses who have contributed to UNITED’s appeal fund.
Edward Woods is providing culture-specific flavours to residents in need during the cold winter months; one of three centres within the Urban Partnership Group, working with the Lido Foundation and Nubian Life.
Older people, families and those forced to isolate report that they have found it difficult to locate culturally relevant food parcels, including African-Caribbean and Halal options.
The cultural flavours service helps fight food insecurity and ensures local people with particular dietary needs are not missing out.
“It is vital that we support isolating residents with food parcels as the winter cold bites – but it is also important that those meals are tailored to individuals’ needs where possible,” said H&F Deputy Leader Cllr Sue Fennimore.
Savraj Kaur, director of the UNITED charity which raised and distributed more than £100,000 in grants to local frontline services in the early months of the coronavirus crisis, says more help is urgently needed.
“Our winter appeal will assist those who need our help during the coming months,” she said. “We are so grateful for every contribution, whether large or small.”
Donations can be made here:
The latest grant awards are:
Apricot Wellbeing CIC – £1,000
Running a four-week coaching programme for community leaders supporting those impacted by the pandemic.
Bishop Creighton House – £750
Delivering Christmas hampers to people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Breaking Barriers – £1,000
Providing remote one-to-one employment support to refugees.
Edward Woods Community Centre (UPG) – £1,000
Delivering culturally specific food parcels to the elderly, families and to those who are housebound or forced to isolate.
Eritrean Social Community – £400
Providing a health and wellbeing workshop to support Eritrean mothers on low incomes.
For Brian CIC – £1,000
Supporting people living with dementia, their families, and friends on the Old Oak estate.
Linacre Court Tenants’ & Residents’ Association – £500
Providing food to isolated people in Linacre Court.
If you are a community organisation, you can apply for funding here