The National Lottery Community Fund makes a huge difference
The impact of the covid19 lockdown, with several lockdowns, orders to stay at home and children not in school had a devastating impact on families that were vulnerable and socially disadvantaged before the pandemic. Many families felt extremely isolated, struggling to manage financially with the extra cost of having children off school with increased heating and food bills, struggling with home schooling with inadequate technology, space and skills, making parents feel even more inadequate and impacting their mental health.
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic by supporting 725 families with well-being calls and emergency home visits and 311 families with emergency food parcels during 2020 lockdowns.
What happens during lockdown if your bed breaks, or your washing machine floods, or your baby outgrows their Moses basket and needs a cot? Where can you go when charity shops are closed? Many local families have either the funds, the technology, or the banking facilities to buy brand new replacement items for themselves. Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, enabled us to support local families during the 2020 lockdown with:
- 7 x double beds
- 21 x single beds
- 10 x bunk beds
- 50 x cot and cot bed mattresses
- 16 x wardrobes
- 18 x chest of drawers
- 5 x carpets
- 13 x cookers
- 1 x freezer
- 4 x fridge freezers
- 10 x washing machines
It is so hard to imagine how these wonderful local families would have coped during the 2020 lockdown without the emotional and practical support that Alice charity were able to provide, thanks to this funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund – thank you seems woefully inadequate.