Our response to the pandemic: Activities through March to August 2020

By Melanie Hey | October 26 2020

Our response to the pandemic: Activities through March to August 2020

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    Following government guidelines we had to close our community building in March 2020 and adapt our services.

    This is a summary of our activities from March to August 2020.

    Lockdown resulted in many changes and challenges for the community. Working side by side with our whole community we adapted our approach and services to meet local needs. Our impact was achieved by working together with existing clients, organisational partners and funders.

    Our work focuses on people who are isolated, vulnerable, families and young parents. Initially we moved many of our groups online and we have reached over 100 people a week with these online activities. We also provided support to enable people to get online with tablet loans and IT training by phone.

    We wanted to keep in touch with our clients who had limited use of IT and so we produced a fun and interactive newsletter; we are now on issue 7 of this newsletter and these have been distributed to over 800 people per edition, many through their letterbox as well as by email as requested by the recipients. We also provided a telephone service (Conversation Café) for weekly chats and catch up.

    Recognising a need for resources we provided 40 cooking equipment sets, and developed a range of resource kits including giving out 150 gardening sets, over 1432 activity/craft sets and 200 food kits. Working with the community and other organisations we were supported with the distribution to target those most in need.

    We continued to support our young parents, working with 27 young parents to understand their needs and provide advice and practical support throughout lockdown.

    As restrictions eased we were able meet people in the garden and started running outdoor summer activities for a range of groups. It has been lovely to see people and enjoy being outdoors.

    Throughout summer we had six weeks of summer challenges and it was great to see community feedback from gratitude diaries to pictures of tasty meals.

    You can read the full report on the attached pictures and find out more about Keighley Healthy Living by visiting: https://www.khl.org.uk/

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