Dear Members, Friends and Supporters, on behalf of COMPAS Charity I would like to present to you this Newsletter, covering the last six months, affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Face masks & hygienic equipment
From the end of March to May, our volunteers had been sewing face masks. The masks, gloves and hand sanitisers were delivered to care homes, elderly people and to people with various disabilities. We are very grateful to volunteers Lubo Holub and Clara Gardens for their time and hard work.
Between March and June, we had been running a food bank for the most vulnerable people (including elderly people, families with children and people with no income). We are very grateful for financial and material donations (namely the Czech Government, CCF, Neighbourly, The Blue Shop, Labour Party, Unite 4 Humanity and others). The food was distributed from Orion centre and also delivered to people’s homes by our volunteers (Hana Pownall, Kamila Laurynova)
To cater for spiritual needs and to support our NHS and health professionals, we have been distributing bracelets, gift cards and other items to care homes and people that needed a bit of uplifting. We are very grateful to our volunteer Donna Senneck for all her time and effort.
Hot food delivery
In cooperation with Unite 4 Humanity & Let’s make a difference, we have been re-distributing hot food to people in need. This service was available 7 days a week. Between 20 to 40 lunches were distributed to people on daily basis.
Whilst the Orion centre had been closed to public, we were very keen to continue delivering our projects and supporting people through the difficult period.
We were running cooking classes, debate sessions with prominent role models and advice service in the field of benefits, work and COVID-19 updates. Over 600 people were supported over the months with advice provision.
Supporting children and young people with home learning
Since the lock down, many children had been struggling with their home learning (due to language issues or lack of understanding) and often were unable to submit their assignments. To support the pupils and their parents, we had been supporting them with explanation and guidance. This project had been supported very kindly by The Tudor Trust.
We would like to highlight two special guests that had visited the Orion centre to discuss new, upcoming opportunities: