Local projects currently supported
1. Food organisations
We have continued to offer support to St Paul’s Foodbank by way of food and other product contributions. Our focus on these contributions has mainly been through Mukesh’s personal efforts and those of a few others.
We have made financial contributions also, with contributions totalling £2,620 to St Pauls Foodbank, the Open Kitchen and Hounslow Community Foodbox.
2. Christmas Benevolence
We were able to supply Christmas hampers to 60 elderly Hounslow residents who would be expecting to spend their Christmas alone. We obtained details of names and addresses from Hounslow Age Concern and we had anticipated that they would also deliver the hampers, but this was not to be and Bob, Mukesh, Sugra and Mumtaz delivered them. The hampers were beautifully prepared by Sugra.
We were also able to provide, with support from volunteers from Al-Mustafa Welfare Organisation approximately 125 food parcels to Hounslow CareLeavers and other disadvantaged young people. Brigitte organised the majority of this, with help from Karin, including the delivery of a number of the parcels to the homes of the benefitting CareLeavers.
We were also able to support Hounslow Inner Wheel’s Shoebox Project.
3. Care Leavers
Covid 19 restrictions have meant that sporting activities have been fairly limited through the whole of the Rotary year to date, and this, together with social restrictions, has meant that there has been no meaningful activity in this area of our work with CareLeavers. However, we would anticipate this part of our projects with the CareLeavers to be revived as we move out of lockdown restrictions and grass roots sports resume.
We have however been very active with the provision of refurbished laptops to Hounslow CareLeavers to assist them with their education or to help them develop careers. The funding for the laptops comes from our Silver Jubilee Trust, and to date, we have provided laptops to thirteen CareLeavers. Brigitte has built up a strong relationship with the social care team at LBH and we expect to receive further requests for laptop support.
Computeraid have been providing the refurbished laptops and without their help in providing a cost-effective product, the provision would have been much more difficult.
We have also provided five Firesticks for the use of CareLeavers in five communal homes.
With Brigitte’s and Karin’s personal contact with the social care team at LBH, it seems likely there will be a request for other support from the Rotary Club in the months and years ahead.