The COVID-19 Crisis: Relief Fund beneficiaries

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated to IICF’s first industry-wide campaign, the COVID-19 Crisis: IICF Community Relief Fund, which ran from April through August 2020. Together, we raised over £105,000 and helped over 3,250 individuals and families across England & Scotland to receive food parcels and vital services and support. 

A special thank you to our Campaign Champions Chubb, Coverys, CNA Hardy and the IUA,  and to our Campaign Patrons AXA XL, Mayer Brown and Pool Re.

With proceeds from the campaign, IICF awarded grants to eight charities, 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. Continue reading to learn more about their stories.

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. IICF’s grant enabled Advance to provide lifesaving support to an estimated 100 domestic abuse patients at two London hospitals – improving early interventions and the quality of care provided.

Read more about the grant IICF awarded to Advance here.

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: 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. Our grant allowed CITC to deliver extra Covid response football sessions to all but one of its disability groups, providing vital routine for participants.

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, by providing toys, experience days (when possible) and an online library of stories.

One domestic abuse call was made to police every 30 seconds in the first seven weeks of lockdown. With IICF’s grant, KidsOut provided more than 185 brand new boxes of age-appropriate toys to children living at Women’s Aid Federation refuges in December 2020 – improving their well-being and bringing smiles to children at Christmas.

“The toys have not only entertained the children, it has showed them that they are cared about, which is invaluable.” A support worker at a partner refuge.

POWER2

Power2, a charity that unleashes the potential of children and young people through partnership, will launch Power2 Rediscover with funds received from IICF. The programme will provide intensive, long-term support to 10 young people to give them the confidence and practical tools to improve their mental well-being and tackle isolation exacerbated by the pandemic.

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!” 

SCRAN ACADEMY

In 2020, Scran Academy adapted its catering programme for at-risk students to launch the Community Meal Scheme In partnership with local organisations. More than 140 volunteers gave their time to provide approximately 3,500 people with a daily nutritious, tasty and free meal across the City of Edinburgh. Scran Academy volunteers prepared, packaged and delivered over 110,000 portions of food in the first six months of lockdown.  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.

“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.”

IICF grant enabled Scran Academy to provide a community-based alternative education programme for up to 12 young people aged 13-19 at greatest risk of not re-engaging with school. The programme will include training and 1:1 coaching sessions. Read more about the grant IICF awarded to Scran Academy here.

ST GILES  

The crisis caused by Covid-19 is impacting on all of our lives. For St Giles’ clients, this impact has been 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.  IICF’s grant supported an estimated 1,000 families, allowing St Giles to continue to provide bespoke services to clients and provide food through its food pantry.

Read more about the grant IICF awarded to St Giles here and learn more about St Giles new food pantry in South London here.

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 grant from IICF enabled TAP to purchase the hardware needed to ensure no student struggles to access their tutorials due to poor quality equipment or internet connection.  All students enrolled will benefit from online tutorials – an estimated 1,520 young people across 31 partners schools in London, the East Midlands and West Midlands.

Read how The Access Project has helped schools and students adapt during a challenging year for everyone and read more about the grant IICF awarded to The Access Project here.

VISION FOUNDATION

During the coronavirus lockdown, the Vision Foundation ensured that essential services for blind and partially sighted people continued across London. The grant from IICF will be used for the charity’s Vision Fund, which will be used for vital projects to meet increased demand and adapt existing programmes and create new ones to continue helping blind and partially sighted people to realise their full potential.