The Goodwin Development Trust team have been busy as elves this Christmas, delivering food hampers to residents across Thornton Estate.
Grant funding from the Albert Gubay Foundation and Philip’s 66 has enabled the Trust to support vulnerable children and families during the pandemic – and particularly over the Christmas period – as part of the Estate of all Nations project.
Announced last month, Estate of all Nations received a share of £9.5million of National Lottery funding to help local people recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The grant has been awarded through the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS). The scheme is led by independent trust Power to Change in partnership with Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business, and was part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund that launched in May this year.
It’s been a huge team effort to get the hampers out, from the food provided by FareShare to packing and delivery by Goodwin staff, project learners and Humberside Fire and Rescue. They include everything to make a Christmas dinner, and even some handy recipe sheets to inspire people to get creative in the kitchen.
Lloyd Dobbs, Training, Skills and Opportunities Manager at Goodwin Development Trust said:
“It’s what we’re all about, which is pulling together as a team and helping supporting our communities – no one should go hungry, at Christmas or any time.
“It’s been a difficult year for so many people, mentally, financially – the list goes on. The Estate of the Nations project is about supporting the people of Thornton Estate through this crisis and giving all the advice and support we can.
“A huge thanks to our funders, and to everyone on the ground who’s helped make this possible.”
One of the families who received a hamper commented:
“What a wonderful thing to do. It’s been a very difficult year and I don’t think this will end any time soon.
“To receive such a lovely gift is just wonderful and to know that people are still thinking of us is amazing.”
The Estate of all Nations project will be resuming face-to-face drop-in service from Monday 4 January, based in Thornton Village Hall in Walker Street. There, a team of dedicated staff will be on hand to talk and signpost people to a number of Goodwin services, including:
- Support to find employment
- COVID information advice
- Signposting to housing, debt and mental health support
- Befriending service
- Family support service
- ESOL classes
- Activities promoting a healthy lifestyle
- Access to the Goodwin Food Pantry
- Social activities
- Opportunities to learn new skills.
Anyone seeking advice can also phone (07973 393 786) or email MScott@goodwintrust.org
[Christina Lewis – for Goodwin Development Trust]