Beneficiaries of the COVID-19 Crisis: IICF Community Relief Fund

Proceeds from the campaign will support IICF charity partners, small charities chosen by the Industry that are providing front-line services to people at greatest risk of hunger, homelessness and health issues exacerbated by the pandemic.

ADVANCE

With social distancing and self-isolation in place, women and children face increased risk of abuse. Advance has moved many of its services online to continue provide emotional and practical support to women and girls who suffer domestic abuse.  It has launched an urgent appeal – I am with her – to raise awareness and support for women in desperate need of help:  https://youtu.be/R_52UbRs-UU 

CITY IN THE COMMUNITY

Although City in the Community has temporarily ceased its disability football league programme, it remains active in the community, providing access to online educational resources and football skills sessions for families, youth groups and young people to access: www.mancity.com/cityzensathome.  CITC has also donated food and books to young carers and families in the community and offers weekly online physical activity classes with its disability groups to keep young people active and engaged.

Click Man City response for a press release describing ways MCFC and CITC’s are helping the community:

KIDS OUT

KidsOut improves the welfare of vulnerable children living in refuge centres, often to remain safe from domestic abuse. The charity, temporarily KidsIn, has launched World Stories, an online library and is delivering toy boxes to Women’s Aid Federation refuges. Just £10 will buy a new toy and bring a smile to a child.

POWER2

Power2 is rolling out a 1:1 support line to allow young people to speak to our trained facilitators, which is more appealing than group zoom sessions to those who struggle with self-confidence and social anxiety. Power2 has also been holding weekly group video call sessions for its Young Leaders, and have invited Teens and Toddlers participants to join in. Between 10-20 young people join each session.

A participant’s teacher commented “I’ve just spoken with Tom’s grandma who said your twice weekly contacts are making a huge difference to him and are really helping. Thank you SO much for that! Gran was really animated about it!” 

SCRAN ACADEMY

Scran Academy has adapted its catering programme for at-risk students to launch the Community Meal Scheme In partnership with local organisations. More than 140 volunteers are giving their time to provide 1,300 people with a daily nutritious, tasty and free meal across the City of Edinburgh. Scran Academy volunteers have prepared, packaged and delivered over 36,000 portions of food.  Among the people helped, 53% are living alone and socially isolated and 47% represent families and couples disproportionately affected by lockdown through job loss, loss of free school meals and/or underlying health conditions.

“I just got home and ate the first hot meal I’ve had in 3 days, thank you so much!”

“Couldn’t wish for anything better. I’ll never forget what they have done for us, they deserve as much praise as the national health service they are keeping us going.”

ST GILES TRUST

The crisis caused by Covid-19 is impacting on all of our lives. For St Giles Trust clients, this impact is catastrophic: People no longer have access to food to feed their families; people on the breadline, in insecure work and zero-hour contracts have no safety net to fall back on and others are more isolated than ever before. Your support is more important than ever.  Give…

£100 to deliver healthy essentials to vulnerable families,

£50 to help provide a dedicated support line to vulnerable adults or

£25 to provide contact and support for people in isolation.

THE ACCESS PROJECT

Disruption to children’s education can have a lasting impact on their academic potential. The Access Project, which provides in-school support and volunteer tuition to help bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain access to top universities has moved online. The charity has moved 333 of our student and tutor pairings online. Many tutors are offering support over the phone and email where students can’t access laptops or reliable internet.