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.
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.
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.
We hope this message finds you well! As you are aware, we are facing unprecedented times with the COVID-19 outbreak. We've had to completely shift our operations from our community canteens to a weekly hot food and food parcel delivery service in order to keep serving our community of vulnerable and socially isolated individuals and families.
We've been bringing a food basket and cooked food to over 200 people a week over the past 2 months. Our food baskets contain cooked food, fresh fruit and veg, milk, eggs and when we had it, toliet paper!
We also keep in touch with them by checking in over the phone to see how they are doing and offer a chat. We are always looking for new ways to brighten their day, and are signposting them to any other mental health services that may be available to them if needed. Many elderly people have called us a life line and have said that they've never felt so looked after.
We thank you again for your support and we'll continue to serve our community as much as we can. Hoping we all come out the other end safe and sound.
Thank you everyone who donated to the cause this season. We held 6 Christmas themed lunches and dinners over the fortnight and cooked 170 meals.
It was the best christmas yet! Songs were sang, christmas chicken, turkey and nut roasts were cooked, crakers were pulled. Santa passed by and delivered presents and everyone left with a bag full of food to feed them over the next few weeks.
At Be Enriched we are mindlful that there will be some big challenges ahead. Times do not look like they're going to get easier for the people that we support and we hope we can continue to support them. As the need is growing our plans are also growing. Follow us on twitter @be_enriched to find out more.
In the meantime Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!
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