We are delighted to announce that we have released £126,222 of grants to a further 21 community projects through the Together We Can COVID-19 fund.

These funded projects will provide a wide range of ongoing support to vulnerable people and communities in Haringey during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Bloody Good Period - £4,998 to purchase 1,666 packs of menstrual products, supplying 500 adult asylum seekers, refugees and other people who menstruate but cannot access these products in Haringey over a period of 1 to 2 months.

Causeway Irish Housing Association - £4,974 to provide 30 vulnerable young people in acute housing need with support around education, employment and isolation. The project will focus particularly on people leaving care including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, low income residents and those affected by social isolation, illness and bereavement during the pandemic.

Chesed Hospital Transport - £4,695 to provide vital transport to and from hospital, GP and other appointments to people who are at high risk of contracting the virus and a parcel delivery service, through which family members can send a parcel to hospitalized friends / family. This service will run over the next couple of months, aiming to relieve anxiety, stress and suffering through illness for vulnerable people.

Community Cook-up - £8,424 to address food poverty for vulnerable people in the Northumberland Park ward of Haringey. Around 140 households will be provided with hot meals and bags of groceries in a friendly supportive environment. Signposting and referrals to other services will be provided where appropriate.

Creating Expressions - £7,165 to provide one-to-one and group counselling and emotional support to 15-20 residents, predominantly from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, over a 16-week period. Beneficiaries will include young people who may be struggling with emotional issues due to lack of social interaction or fears of experiencing the outside world due to media coverage of the pandemic. It will also support adults affected by unemployment and the resulting change in their outlook for the future and their family structure.

Feast with us - £5,000 to provide hot meals as well as support with learning how to cook and grow food to 30-36 vulnerable homeless individuals living in supported accommodation in Osbourne Grove, Stroud Green. Hot meals will also be prepared for approximately 220 individuals in need in the surrounding area.

Haringey Mencap - £2,517 to take their weekly nightclub for adults with disabilities, online. These virtual events will aim to reduce social isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of approximately 50 participants, as well as provide a period of respite for carers.

Haringey Play Association - £7,993 to open Somerford Grove Adventure playground for extended hours on Saturdays for 26 weeks, for children and young people aged 5 to 15 years. The open-access play sessions will allow between 100-200 children and young people to access slides, climbing structures, campfire, jumping-off platform, sandpit, water and nature play. The project aims to support and improve children and young people’s emotional, social, mental and physical health and well-being which has been impacted by the unprecedented reduction in social interaction and play opportunities that they have experienced during the past year.

Impact Cuisine - £5,000 to address food poverty by continuing, over a six-week period, to provide 550 nutritious hot meals, 45 door-to-door deliveries and a foodbank facility to residents in the Northumberland Park area of Tottenham.

Kids in the Spotlight - £4,880 to deliver ‘Let’s CHAT’, a counselling, help, advice and therapy helpline project for 150 children and young people aged up to 18 years. The line will be open for 1.5 hours every evening and will support young people who are dealing with challenges during the pandemic as well as helping those that need it to access individual therapeutic counselling with a qualified mental health professional

Mischon - £5,000 to provide vital food to young Jewish families experiencing food poverty during the pandemic. Food parcels will be distributed weekly over an 8-week period and support up to 1150 people during this time.

Muswell Hill Food Bank - £10,000 to provide daily lunches for 200-250 families (approximately 400-500 children) in receipt of free school meals during February half-term and the Easter holidays. Many of these families will have lost all or part of their income due to the disruption of the pandemic. Families will be identified by pastoral teams within local schools.

Pedal Power - £1,665 to provide cycle training for up to 100 people of all ages with learning difficulties, their families and support workers, people with physical disabilities and those recovering from injury.

PEEC Family Centre - £5,000 to extend its remote information, advice and guidance services to support an additional 100 people from Eastern European communities over the next 6 months.

Pram Depot - £5,000 to support the Emergency Baby Box scheme, providing all essentials a woman and her baby needs for the first 3 months of the baby’s life. 50 women and their babies will have access to good quality baby items and equipment, along with clear instructions on how to use these safely.

Sev Necati Training - £5,000 to deliver a self-esteem programme to 10 vulnerable and abused young girls aged 12 to 25 years in order to empower them to take control of their lives. The programme will reduce isolation, build confidence and knowledge and provide one-to-one counselling to address any mental health issues.

Sister System - £10,000 to provide emergency support for 12 BAME girls and young people aged 13 to 25 who are impacted by COVID-19 and are currently in or leaving care. The programme will provide fortnightly peer mentoring, food and hygiene baskets and therapeutic and mental wellness networking sessions.

The Engine Room £9,000 to support around 150 people from economically and socially challenged backgrounds in the Tottenham Hale area. Activities will include messy play for parents, carers and toddlers; art therapy for adults, including Muslim women and migrants and refugees; and access to 6 laptops and data for local young people to improve their at home learning capacity.

Wild About Our Woods - £4,991 to provide a free, engaging and adventurous Woodland Holiday Club once a week during Easter, Whitsun and the Summer holidays for BAME children aged 5-11 years living in and around the Broadwater Farm Estate area of Tottenham as well as a weekly Saturday club in the ‘Fox Forest’ (attached to Willow Primary School) Up to 350+ children will have opportunities to explore the outdoors in a safe, supportive environment and cook their own food from scratch.

Wild Wolf Explorer Scout Group - £5,000 to provide subsidised and fully-funded places on overnight camps for young people who would otherwise be unable to afford to participate. Activities aim to develop physical and mental wellbeing, social skills and foster engagement with environments outside of an urban setting as the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions begin to lift.

ZSV Trust - £9,920 to provide Kosher food parcels to 101 marginalised Jewish families affected in devastating ways by the pandemic over a period of 4 weeks. Priority will be given to families with school-aged children who are struggling due to lack of free school meals, recent bereavement or loss of income.

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