CORONA VIRUS (COVID - 19)
ECYPS response to COVID19
ECYPS has been adjusting rapidly to deliver activities via social media platforms since the beginning of the pandemic. On the 25th March, Boris Johnson announced locked down across the UK. We immediately went live with facebook and twitter to promote our virtual online activities including fitness programmes, parenting tips, make up workshops, healthy cooking, pilates, creative writing with Scribeasy, interactive dance sessions and much more. Over the weeks our free lancers offered more sessions including creative art and mental well-being. We covered every angle to ensure our service users had the opportunity to participate and keep active, mentally and physically healthy during these challenging times. ECYPS produced a COVID19 survival kit for young people to improve their mental wellbeing and navigate their lives positively through these difficult times. .
We adapted our work to support and meet the needs of our families and young people in the borough by providing regular foodbanks, twice a week. We have expanded this service to include clothes bank and toy bank. After being successful with the additional funding from LBE to prepare cooked meals we took on volunteers to deliver vital food packages to people who were vulnerable due to Covid19 and more importantly to those self isolating. The number of referrals were increasing weekly and with our partners including Stand Together Enfield and Felix we were able to meet the needs of the community.
A huge thank you to all our doners who have provided funding to purchase essential food for children. As schools closed their doors, the biggest challenge faced by local families on low income/loss of jobs due to Covid-was putting food on the table for their children.
Back to School-As children are going back to school and settling into their new routines the atmosphere around the school gates has been lively with the joy of children and their wonderful voices chirping away, catching up with their friends. An amazing sight to witness however we need to still maintain our social distancing and parents need to still wear masks to protect everyone else.
ECYPS in partnership with Edmonton Community Partnership have secured funding to from Wave 5 London Community Response to support 7 local schools in Edmonton for 6 weeks providing essential nutritious food parcels to families facing financial hardship.