FEF Community Covid-19 Projects

Our community comprises mostly impoverished BAME groups. These have been hit in three ways.

(a) Many unable to leave home due to critical health conditions, or acute anxiety about Covid19. Most have few opportunities to meet friends and relations, often to the detriment of their mental health;

(b) have lost jobs/self-employment;

 (c) suffered Covid19-related bereavement of the main breadwinners in their households. Our community also includes rough sleepers, and undocumented migrants.

Courtesy of voluntary effort and limited donations we’ve been supporting 400 such people daily through basics such as food, and working with them to help them open up about their concerns, and support their wellbeing, also help with job-hunting, cvs, training and volunteering options

We want to take this to activity to a new level by setting up an online campaign (Frugal YouTube Channel)  including a musical/entertainment show to engage more with those affected by the crisis, to serve to engage people as follows:

  • Provide a “way in” to introduce them to the project and for them to connect with what we are offering, to overcome the initial reluctance that some potential beneficiaries have to engage
  • Help bond beneficiaries together with by providing a common point of reference, to encourage mutual support
  • Providing some entertainment and enjoyment to support the beneficiaries’ wellbeing
  • To foster participation, phoning in to share experience and ideas

We’ll promote project involvement via our networks, service providers, community members, local/social media, publicity materials. Our budget includes food and basic supplies for those in urgent need. This project will teach us how we can help more vulnerable people and motivate greater community engagement during Covid19 restrictions and the future.   So, we also  include the cost of hiring a professional to evaluate our experience and draft a business plan to help us chart a forward path  

Our projects is meeting priorities

First priority – we’ll bring people together via our You Tube channel/other social media platforms. This will motivate them to engage with each other and all sections of the community in the Borough of Greenwich, as will the food parcels, wellbeing and job-hunting support we plan to offer. Also, the project will attract new volunteers and through working together as growing team community members from all walks of life will bond where before they may have thought they had nothing in common  

Third priority – this applies because in encouraging new activities during the Covid19 crisis, (eg in lockdown or other restrictive situations) they may discover new abilities and interests and gain renewed wellbeing and self-confidence, and motivation to become more engaged in their community,  and in some cases brush up on skills or develop new skills. Help with job hunting will have similar benefits plus improved employment and life prospects    

How our project is meeting the need of our community

We are having regular chats with a large number of community members through meeting and supporting 400 local vulnerable people (including elderly and homeless people) by delivering food parcels. We have also engaged with many others whom we offer support and guidance, and those in our community who come forward to volunteer. We are made aware every day of the disproportionate challenges and difficulties this BAME community is suffering, made much worse by effects of the Covid19 pandemic

Pre Covid19 we carried out  one-to-one and group conversations and surveys with 30 homeless people within the borough, plus many local people and community groups, and members of the local church St Luke’s, Charlton, councillors and officers of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We have established a project committee to support co-production, and an interactive content page on our website known as News & Blog, and a presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, where we release latest news.

Through these means, the communities have contributed to project development, and will go on to support delivery. We’ve received much input on their needs, and many ideas to aid planning, scheduling and provision

We are working hard daily to improve our capacity to
deliver more services to our BAME communities, but to do this with due sensitivity to the Covid19
government requirements and our communities’ fears and confusion about the risk of infection and
the measures they should take to mitigate this risk.
We are aware of Covid19 impact on our communities (being BAME, and many facing deprivation
and/or poor health), plus the personal barriers they will face in the economic aftermath e.g. fewer
jobs and services and facilities may have closed. We want to help our communities to prevent
difficulties escalating and to emerge stronger from the crisis, but in the light of Covid19 we want also
to develop and enhance our services, along with explaining to the communities the prevalent
Covid19 requirements (contact tracing, facemasks etc)

Together, We are stronger

Building on our community work in the London Borough of Greenwich, our project will run a series of “Caring Saturday” events to enable communities to come together and engage with and support local people facing social isolation and loneliness and other vulnerable groups

We will facilitate these events by arranging for members of the community to host a range of activities such as

• physical ” keep fit”) exercise
• dancing
• fun games
• music
• comedy
• story telling
• entertainment
• sessions on identifying their existing skills, strengths and abilities, and how these could be shared to benefit the community ( eg form filling, shopping, gardening, DIY)
• sessions on options for volunteering
• sessions on job hunting, cv writing and interview techniques
• sessions on training options to improve job prospects, and adult education options for skill development, knowledge and leisure

Relevant government agencies, charities and community groups will be invited to the events to explain their services and explore with the vulnerable groups how they can best be supported.

These events sessions will include food and drink and enable participants to socialise, learn, enjoy themselves and create opportunities to have a go at something new and show what they can do


How This Project Will Benefit Our Community London

In order to reduce the participants experience of social isolation and loneliness we want to help them achieve improvements to their wellbeing, a feeling of greater connectedness to their community, also an increase in social contacts and friendships, and more interests to pursue in their lives; some will also have more opportunities for voluntary work or other ways to support their community, and some will have increased job prospects.
Physical activity will help them achieve these outcomes because it will help the participants:
• Improve their physical health – reducing the risk of a person contracting major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower the risk of early death by up to 30%(NHS 2020)
• Feel good –boosting their mood, concentration and alertness, helping them develop more motivation and a sense of purpose, working toward a more positive outlook on life to increase their prospects, feeling empowered

• Improve sleep – good sleep will help them regulate moods.
• Improve their sense of control, coping ability and self-esteem. Those who exercise regularly often report how good achieving a goal makes them feel.
• Distract them from negative thoughts and provide opportunities to try new experiences,
• Offers opportunities to socialise and get social support if you exercise with others, opportunity for participants to open up about their problems and concerns in an informal friendly environment
• Increases levels of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, stress hormones and endorphins.
• Increases energy levels.
• Acts as an outlet for frustrations.
• Reduces skeletal muscle tension, which aids relaxation.
• The physical benefits of exercise are also important for people with mental illness. It improves your cardiovascular health and overall physical health.


Why We Undertake This Project, Target and Benefits

We have chosen these groups as a result of our experience of previously running Caring Saturdays events and our one-to-one and group conversations and surveys. We consulted with community residents including vulnerable people within the Borough, plus local community groups, and members of the local church St Luke’s, Charlton, councillors, and officers of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We’ve received input on the needs, and many ideas to aid planning, scheduling, and provision, with the opportunity for socially isolated people to be catered for

The project participants will benefit from the project by reducing their experience of social isolation and loneliness. We will do this by helping them achieve improvements to their wellbeing, a feeling of greater connectedness to their community, also an increase in social contacts and friendships, and more interests to pursue in their lives; some will also have more opportunities for voluntary work or other ways to support their community, and some will have increased job prospects. To do this we will promote and encourage community participation in our Caring Saturdays events including physical and social activities and the chance to discuss and seek advice on problems and concerns with Council staff and support organisations.


Our Networks

We are having regular chats with a large number of community members through meeting and supporting 400 local vulnerable people ( including elderly and homeless people) by delivering food parcels. We have also engaged with many others whom we offer support and guidance, and those in our community who come forward to volunteer.

Pre Covid19 we carried out one-to-one and group conversations and surveys with 30 homeless people within the borough, plus many local people and community groups, and members of the local church St Luke’s, Charlton, councillors, and officers of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


Why We Are Confidence This Project Will  The Targeted Audience

We’ll promote project involvement via service providers, community members, local/social media, publicity materials, website, presentations at meetings, incentivizing vulnerable people to participate with the offer of entertainment and fun social activities as well as physical activities

We have established a project committee, an interactive content page on our website known as News & Blog, and a presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, where we release latest news.

Through these means, the communities have contributed to project development, and will go on to support delivery Volunteers from the communities will act as champions to promote the project and welcome vulnerable as project participants

Also, homeless people can drop in for support 10:00 to 5:00 each day, in compliance with Covid19 restrictions, when we also seek their needs and views and on our project; also Trustees have been regularly reaching out to Borough socially isolated elderly people through food parcel deliveries throughout lockdown


Expected Project Success and The Future Benefits

The project builds on our track record to
• support our transition toward become a larger charity with greater capacity to support even more disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities
• deliver set outcomes for our communities
• further increase our presence in our communities
• increase awareness of the plight of people in London who face vulnerabilities including homelessness, unemployment, poverty, social isolation and loneliness
• stimulate more community residents preparedness to engage with and support their more vulnerable peers through volunteering and social action
• creation of a team of voluntary Frugal Empowerment champions to promote our charity in their neighbourhoods and with local service providers


Permissions and Licensing

We are currently working with Care Homes and Local Council in the borough where the event is likely to take place to informing them all them our willingness to work carry out our upcoming events


Authorisations/Insurance 

With our safeguarding policy in place, we are also working with authority to ensure all the regulatory covid-19 policy are adhered to


Hearth and Safety and other Risk Assessments

This event will be divided into segments which are no more than six on each segment, so avoid crowd gathering during this covid-19 period,
we want to avoid a physical close contact with beneficiaries, to this we are changing the way we entertain them. eg keeping distance, washing hand, use of sanitizer, avoid hand shake etc

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