Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people

by Be Enriched
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people
Be Enriched: Reduce loneliness of 300 people

We continue to see many guests join us at our Community Canteens, especially as the Cost of Living crisis deepens.

Every week, whatever the weather, our wonderful volunteers have turned up and put their hands to the task of transforming surplus food into a three course meal. We have even provided work experience to a young man at a local SEN school. More and more corporate groups are also taking on the challenge of enriching the community through food.

We've still got plenty of spaces for volunteering - why not consider coming down and helping us on Monday (at Elephant and Castle) or Friday (Tooting)

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There has been plenty going on across Be Enriched recently.

Canteens Project

Following cautiously delivered festive events in December, both Castle and the Graveney Canteens reopened in January.

We continue to be grateful for the support of our dedicated, and many regular, volunteers. As COVID restrictions have eased, we are also starting to receive more expressions of interest from corporative groups, organisations and colleges to support our work at the canteens.

The Food Bus

With many services normally available to families over the festive period limited due to COVID, our Food Bus team, supported by our sister social enterprise Brixton People's Kitchen (BPK), worked up until New Year's Eve making sure the communities of Kennington, Roehampton, Stockwell and Tooting had assistance with making healthy meals then and into the new year.

Our food van was packed full with food packages, which were delivered to convenient pick-up points for ease of access by families living in the same area.

Wandsworth Food Partnership (WFP)

In February, we brought together the WFP for its first meeting of 2022. The discussion focused on the cost-of-living crisis, and guest speakers from Feeding Britain and SW Leap both talked in-depth about what could be done to further support local residents as they face the challenge of rising food and energy costs.

The group also discussed Affordable Food Clubs and considered the potential for setting one up in Wandsworth. This will be the focus of the next meeting.

WFP also announced it has £5000 to offer to the members to help setup a new project that would benefit the borough’s food system.

General

Since the start of the new year, we have welcomed three new members to our team. Kumiko has joined us as our replacement Volunteer Coordinator, Courtney has taken up one of our Project Assistant internships, while Ruby, who was one of two Communications Interns, has joined us permanently as Kemi’s PA and the lead for WFP.

In January, both Be Enriched and BPK partnered with the Staunch Book Prize, supporting its efforts to celebrate books where no woman is assaulted, especially in the thriller genre. As a female-led organisation, this is an issue close to our hearts and one we are all proud to support.

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Both of our Castle and Graveney Community Canteens are back in action, and really making a difference to the locals who use the service. Volunteers, established as well as first timers, continue to join us to help serve up a healthy three course meal using surplus food. We've also been delighted to be joined by two teams from local development companies, Hadley Property Group and Clarion Housing Group. The sessions were a great chance for them to work together in a different way, whilst supporting the communities they serve. We hope to welcome them, and other corporate volunteers, back at a future date.
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Hi, my name is Yinka and I have recently graduated from studying law. I chose to work for Be Enriched because I've always had an interest in the non-profit sector and wanted to expand my skills in other areas outside of the law and work for an organisation that understands and empathises with the struggles of people in their community. 

 

Working as a Communications intern at Be Enriched has been a very rewarding experience. Through having the opportunity to be on the front line of helping people from low socio-economic areas, speaking and connecting with these people has been extremely insightful and humbling. 

 

Additionally, I've had the chance to embark on developing new skills and try tasks that I've never done before. This has allowed me to gain more invaluable experience in marketing, working on food partnerships and social media strategy. Every day is different, some days we are in the office, other days on the food bus or helping in Brixton's people's kitchen. Every day also presents new challenges but because of the support network from the team, we have been able to overcome and find opportunities through obstacles. 

 

During this internship, I hope to continue to learn more indispensable skills that I can use in pursuit of whichever avenue I decide to venture.

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With the announcement of another London-wide Lockdown in early January, and swiftly following on from our massive Christmas Dinner mobilisation, our Graveney Canteen operation and Volunteers have hardly skipped a beat! 


Once again, we are making weekly home deliveries of nutritious hot meals and essential groceries to Wandsworth residents and helping to support everyone who's staying safe by staying at home. 

 

With your help we can:
  • keep recruiting Volunteers to prepare and deliver weekly food parcels
  • purchase the necessary supplies, including extra cleaning supplies, takeaway containers and bags, as well as any additional food that we might need to meet extra demand.
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Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Kemi Akinola
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