Helping Hand

Project Category: Community Interest CompanyProject Tags: Community, Disability and Vulnerable Society

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    The Third Age Challenge Group provides activities and services to members of the community who are mainly Turkish speaking but we have members from other communities.  Many of our members are severely physically disabled but we also have stroke victims as well as autistic adults.  Many of our members are elderly with some who are over 90 years old.  Some are no longer able to cook for themselves and often rely on heating up some soup with some bread just to get by.

    From 2008-2018 we used to run a very successful luncheon club 3 times a week from Mendip House and delivering food to those that were housebound and unable to attend. We were feeding in excess of 100 people each session with a hot traditional Turkish meal (which some members had not been able to cook in years due to the complexity of the meal) as well as cater for those that were vegetarian or had special dietary requirements. We have been funded by the Council on numerous occasions and delivered our projects on time and always exceeded our targets.  When we lost our premises we moved to Community House and have been running our group from their 3 times a week as well as providing food to our members.

    As a result of the Coronavirus lockdown we are unable to use Community House and therefore continue to support our clients, contacting them on a regular basis, ensuring that they have someone to talk to by offering a befriending service–signposting them, explaining things to them as many not only cannot read or write English but some cannot read or write in Turkish.  We ensure that our volunteers  help reduce loneliness and isolation and ultimately not suffer from depression due to not being able to see their friends and families.

    My organisation has over 11 years experience of running luncheon clubs to some of the most vulnerable and socially isolated members of our Community ensuring that we cook traditional healthy and nutritious meals.  All our volunteers are DBS checked as we have been working with vulnerable clients for many years.

    We aim to start provide a health meal including dessert to approximately 20 mobility disabled elderly residents 3 times a week.  We will be looking to spend approximately £400 a week – the majority of the funding will be spent on food, as well as equipment, containers and some volunteer expenses like fuel costs.

    We can approach supermarkets to donate some food for us but need donation to secure smoothly run meals on wheels regularly until lockdown finishes.

     

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    Fore Street, Edmonton, London, England