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We got the funding!

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has awarded funding, for us to begin our Community Care Box ''Smile Pack'' program for the next 6 months. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

The ‘Smile Packs’ will contain everything needed in order to complete an activity in the home environment without spending money on resources or having to go out to purchase items. This includes puzzle books, wool patterns, grow pots for flowers, TV magazines and games and quizzes. It will also include information on wider community resources delivered by other services. We will also provide cakes made by local volunteers, following strict guidance around allergies and food hygiene.

Those who are eligible for the ‘Smile Packs’, have been selected at random with the information you supplied, when you registered for a food bank delivery. Those selected will receive a phone call or a visit from us, using strict social distancing, within the next few weeks. We shall explain to you how it works and what to expect over the next few months.

The ‘Smile Packs’ are for local, vulnerable citizens who are socially isolated, and whose general well-being is being impacted further due to Covid 19 and social distancing.

We would like to thank, St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, Hodge Hill Community Venture, Dedicated Volunteers, The Active Wellbeing Society and with special thanks to Cllrs Diane Donaldson & Majid Mahmood, PAK Supermarket, PAK Foods, and Galaxy and Sutton Cars, Centrex Cars and Wates Group. That have supported us whilst the Coronavirus Community Support Funding was being processed and approved.

We would like to take this opportunity, to thank you for all your messages, and kind words you have emailed, posted on social media, and especially said to the volunteers that deliver to you over the last 6 weeks.

Just some of your kind words:

Thank you very much for food there's loads of it haven't had that amount since lockdown really appreciated XX
Good on ya. Someone took a food parcel round for my Mom and Dad, they were so touched by it they cried. Mom said nobody had ever done anything like that for them before. X
So greatful Karen x
Thank you again. Are you enjoying the heat..? Hope you two are keeping well. xx
Thanks again for the parcel. Much appreciated.
Thanks very much Steve, very much appreciated. xx
I saw Geof this morning and he liked his bag of goodies. It is his birthday on the 4th June and I was just about to post it when he came along so I gave it to him then. See you next week.

Hodge Hill Community Venture (HHCV)

Manager - St Wilfrid's Community Centre (SWCC)

Steven Priestley.

Take Care and Stay Safe.

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