KTCC Covid 19 Response
Week One: 9th March- Straight out of the gate
We set up a phone bank and spoke to all our Older People to let them know that we were changing our service. We used Time to Spare to record all our interactions with Older People.
We are committed to twice weekly calls to our older people, led by Mary (our super volunteer) supported by Arthur, Erin and Lisa
In week One we launched our weekly newsletter which was sent out to our 240+ members and posted on our website.
Week Two: 16th March- A revised service
The KTCC Trustees agreed that it was very important that where we could remain open, we would. The new opening hours would be 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday, predominantly so people could take or donate to the foodbank and calls could be made to our older people. Three members of staff and a volunteer took it in turns to open up the building. Foodbank open by appointment only to ensure social distancing
Week Three: 23rd March - Food and Friendships
Following a conversation with Kitchen Social, we set up the Happiness Hampers project, a very simple scheme to provide food for low income families in Kentish Town. These are typically families whose parents may have lost a job as a result of the COVID19 crisis. Local schools to decide who to receive the Happiness Hampers.
By the end of the week we had received £6,000 for the project
On the 27th March we launched our online fundraiser to raise funds for the food pantry
Week Four: 30th March- Virtual Youth
Our Youth Team delivered their first virtual Youth Club
Families of children who attend our Youth Club started accessing the foodbank
We applied for funding for the Happiness Hampers project and foodbank
Week Five: 6th April - Booker and Beyond
On the 6th April we went on our first Booker trip to provide food for the Happiness Hampers project. Bookers is a wholesale retailer. We were joined by Torriano School, Brecknock School, St Patrick’s Catholic who were all given £350 to spend on food for the Happiness Hampers. At this point, 110 families were benefitting from our Happiness Hampers
We also provided a budget of £200 for Caversham GP practice and Sanktus who provide hot meals for homeless people in Kentish Town.
During this week, we sent out 107 letters to our older people, which included copies of the three weekly newsletters we had created by this point and a bar of chocolate
Keir Starmer MP joined us at Torriano School on Good Friday to pack Happiness Hampers
By the end of this week, we had confirmed over £15,000 of funding for our Happiness Hampers project. We aim to double this amount so we can keep the project going until the end of September.
Week Six: 13th April - Food for everyone
Following several phone calls from our older people, we decided to start planning for emergency food parcels for older people in real need. The older people we spoke to were physically well, but were too scared to leave their houses. We started working on the logistics around safely delivering food to older people and applied for additional funds to support this work.
We also began planning for our youth service provision for the summer holidays. We worked on a plan for small group work, emphasizing leadership skills and increasing self-esteem. The plan was to be flexible so we could start our delivery as soon as is possible.
Week Seven: 20th April – Booker Experts
On the 20th April we went on our second Booker trip to provide food for the Happiness Hampers project and our food pantry. We were joined by:
Torriano School, Brecknock School, St Patrick’s Catholic School, Caversham GP Practice and SanKTus.
New additions to this Booker trip were Kentish Town CoE School, and the Euston Foodbank
At this point we are
Supporting over 130 low income families with free food
Providing food for a team of over 30 hardworking doctors, nurses and support staff at the Caversham GP practice
Providing containers & bags to for SanKTus to provide meals for local homeless and vulnerable people
Providing over 200kg of food to Euston Food Bank
Opening the Centre for 20 hours a week to allow local people to access our foodbank (by appointment only)