our response to the corona VIRUS pandemic
The Wormholt and White City community are experiencing many challenges as the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic continues. Following consultations with local partners, networks and the community in March, our Partnership Board identified priority areas for our Covid-19 response plan using the resources at our disposal.
If you are a local organisation or group in Wormholt & White City please get in touch with us if you feel you can support any of our priorities and to build our community networks.
PRIORITY 1 – SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE GROUPS IN SELF-ISOLATION
We agreed to apportion £25,000 of the Big Local funding into a small grants scheme focused exclusively on responding to Coronavirus in the local area and supporting vulnerable groups during lock down.
The aim of this scheme was to ensure a rapid but measured community response via local organisations with a proven track record, focused directly on the needs of the Wormholt and White City community. Grants would enable groups to mobilise quickly and increase their capacity to help residents during the Covid-19 crisis, with project delivery between May and July 2020. Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 were offered with the condition that beneficiaries were primarily in Wormholt and White City and projects met at least one of these criteria:
- The delivery of food, medicine, and essential supplies
- Social interaction/befriending schemes
- Increasing the capacity and reach of your volunteers
- Expanding and enhancing the practical, mentoring and emotional support they offer to improve people’s wellbeing.
The first funding round closed on April 30. We will be opening a second round of funding in July. Please fill in this short form to register your interest and we will contact you with more details nearer the time.
13 Applications were received, totalling £52,427.17. Following a rigorous assessment process, the board unanimously approved the panel’s recommendations and seven projects were successful:
- Nubian Life is a charity operating as a community resource centre providing Adult Day Care Services for Older (65 years+) African and African Caribbean residents across the borough. We funded the Rafiki Project which provided nutritional and culturally specific meals and telephone befriending to BAME communities in the area. The project aimed to benefit the multi-generational local communities of Eritreans, Somalians, Asians and Caribbeans.
- The RENA Initiative exists to Recognise, Empower and Nurture Artists (RENA). The WoWC Create and Connect Project was an 8-week art and befriending programme for up to 60 local women, including carers of those who are at high risk, domestic abuse victims and for women who are dealing with mental health issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this project was to generate enjoyment, creativity, connection, vitality, empowerment and community while providing practical support to improve mental health and wellbeing.
- Sudanese Nubian Association is a non-political and independent non-profit making organisation that assists its members and their children to learn and master the Nubian language, history and heritage. The Sudanese Nubian Association Community Support Project delivered food to a minimum of 24 households of Sudanese community members, who are isolated and vulnerable.
- Eritrean Social Community is a local organisation that focuses on supporting the most vulnerable members of the Eritrean community. Project All Together aimed to enhance the practical and emotional support for local Eritreans – including 50 families – with around 150 children and 125 adults. This will be achieved via telephone and video conferencing using multilingual volunteers, delivering essential supplies to the elderly and providing activities and equipment for families with children who cannot afford them.
- Al Ansar Football Club have been delivering Football Coaching & Recreational Youth Football training for many years. They work with 50 young people and 10 volunteers within White city and Wormholt. Young People’s Club Project aims to provide 16 hours of one to one mentoring, emotional support and social interaction activities to their members via daily physical activity online as well as social interaction activities. This will help ease the anxiety and frustration young people are currently experiencing.
- West London Welcome is a free drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants providing them with the access to the services and support they need to lead full lives within their local community. This project will support the hardship fund, for those who have no access to public funds. It will ensure individuals have phone credit and internet so they can stay connected and join their online classes (English, yoga, and meet-ups). It will also support their foodbank.
- Switch Sports is an organisation that runs a hybrid sports programme aimed at helping local vulnerable communities through activity. Switch Quiz will run a weekly quiz with educational and activity-based prizes to at least 20 teenagers who use their clubs regularly. Some are on the periphery of gang culture and this unique project hopes to keep them engaged and in contact with the club.
PRIORITY 2 – PROVISION OF FOOD AID
We donated £10,000 to Hammersmith & Fulham foodbank to assist their primary objective; the prevention or relief of poverty in and around the borough during the pandemic. Demand for the food bank has increased drastically due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we anticipate this to keep rising as the crisis continues. Our funding will help them to meet the surge in urgent, short-term local need during this time.
PRIORITY 3 – ADVICE FOR FINANCIALLY STRESSED FAMILIES
Alongside Midaye we have partnered with Hammersmith & Fulham Citizens Advice to provide specialist money advice services to Midaye clients and residents within Wormholt and White City. The new service started on 18 May, with one day dedicated to Wormholt and White City residents, and one day for Midaye clients. The provision will last 12 months and will be promoted to residents, encouraging them to self-refer via Hammersmith & Fulham Citizens Advice helpline (0300 330 1162) or by filling in the referral form. We also plan to work with local partners, including the Primary Care Network Link Workers and Mutual Aid group, to set up a referral process directly to the Citizens Advice worker.
PRIORITY 4. CONNECTING COMMUNITIES
We continue to grow our ‘Connecting Communities’ working groups, with the aim to have all communities represented to ensure that the voices and needs of all residents are heard. The W12Together small grants scheme has given us a greater understanding of the challenges communities are facing – for example, access to essential supplies, well being, emotional support and engagement of young people. We plan to bring leaders and groups together focusing on these issues and themes, to share information, identify gaps and opportunities to work together.
There is more information on Covid-19 on the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulhams website.