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.  The charity has launched an urgent appeal – I am with her – to raise awareness and support for women in desperate need of help.  

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 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 renamed KidsIn, has launched World Stories, an online library and is delivering toy boxes to Women’s Aid Federation refuges and is continuing to raise funds for toys and equipment for children living in refuge and often unable to go to school to remain safe. Just £10 will buy a new toy and bring a smile to a child.

POWER2

Power2 has rolled out a 1:1 support line to allow young people to speak to the charity’s 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 twic
e 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 have given their time to around 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.

“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.”

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 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.  For every donation, £100 delivers healthy essentials to vulnerable families, £50 helps provide a dedicated support line to vulnerable adults or £25 provides contact and support for people in isolation.

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 charity has moved 333 student and tutor pairings online. and many tutors are offering support over the phone and email where students can’t access laptops or reliable internet.

Read how The Access Project has helped schools and students adapt during a challenging year for everyone.

Read more about the grant IICF awarded to The Access Project here.

VISION FOUNDATION

During the coronavirus lockdown support from the Vision Foundation ensured that essential services for blind and partially sighted people continued across London. In Croydon hot food was delivered across the borough to vulnerable members of the community and support workers transferred their projects to the telephone and online to help combat the loneliness and isolation people were feeling