Press release 14th April 2020
Nottingham COVID-19 Support Network Formed to facilitate help to African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern Communities.
Fearless Youth Association has joined five other organisations to create a support network for new and emerging communities across Nottingham to deal with the immediate, and ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The young people organisation is working in partnership with Mojatu Foundation, Inspired-Succeed CIC, FMB Radio, Let’s Shine and Give a Smile, and Global African Integration Network (GAIN) Diaspora. Together, they are providing food and essential deliveries, support in accessing benefits, continuing online mental health support, and a range of training programmes. Working with local foodbanks and supermarkets, a team of volunteers have begun receiving referrals from the council, as well as online, and supplying them with essential goods.
A local Kenyan resident had two children and a husband sick at home, and the family were all self-isolating. She said, “I really want to say big thank you to Mojatu staff who brought in food for my family during this time of isolation, my family has undergone some serious testing but with friends standing with us we shall overcome. They even helped us to get a birthday cake for my son’s 7th birthday”.
BME communities make up 34.7% of the population of Nottingham, however, recent news has shown that these populations have been hit particularly hard by the virus. Together, these organisations aim to ensure that local populations receive essential supplies, that they are treated with kindness and dignity, and continue their important roles as members of the local community. So far, the network has been delivering up to sixty food parcels a day and believe the demand will increase significantly over the coming weeks. Importantly, they intend to provide ongoing support to ensure their communities receive essential and long-term care.
For information on how to access the service for food or training support, one need to complete I Need Help form while those seeking to volunteer should complete the Here To Help form. For more information about the network, our work or media enquiries on this press release, please contact Angela on Info@fyaonline.com or call 0115 8457 009.