Ealing Community Aid has provided support to all those in need specifically in relation to the ongoing pandemic since the offset of the crisis. Individuals have required a range of support provisions, including practical support with shopping, collection of medications etc; supplying warm, fresh meals for those requiring them; providing emotional support and facilitating social contact. There are still large areas of Ealing requiring local support - often the areas with the highest levels of deprivation - a digital divide (compounded by language barriers) further prevents many of the most vulnerable from knowing about and accessing the variety of support available. We will set-up a freephone number to be put on leaflets and will organise volunteers to leaflet to the most areas with high concentrations of individuals in need. We will print the leaflets in a variety of languages. This will allow us to identify those in need and provide bespoke packages of support.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
There are still a large number of vulnerable people "falling through the net" of support for a number of reasons. Those most in need are often the least likely to have online access, or for many of those that can access the internet there may be further language barriers. This is a large challenge for many service providers as requests for support are often submitted via online forms, which cannot be accessed by those with no online provision. We have a large amount of volunteers able to provide a range of practical and emotional support. We partner with a number of local community kitchens to produce and deliver warm meals. We also signpost and facilitate across VCS organisations to ensure individuals can access all support available. Working alongside a number of agencies, we identify the specific local areas requiring attention, get the information to those in need and set up rapid response support.
Steps to get it done:
There are still a great many individuals across the Borough of Ealing in need of support, many of the most vulnerable have little or no access to the internet and smartphones. We are therefore working to address this issue and seek ways to communicate our services and support available in appropriately accessible formats. We are eager to gather funds to permit us to set-up a freephone number and in order to produce and distribute information leaflets to guarantee that no individual in the Borough of Ealing is left without practical and emotional support and that nobody falls through the net. Funds received will continue to go towards the supply of essential provisions and enable rapid response to those in urgent need of support. Our aim at Ealing is to continue to identify and reach out to those in need and provide support for as long as necessary.
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London Borough of Ealing
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