The two year’s funding will help us to reach 1,200 people and provide specialist support to the increasing numbers of vulnerable people in the community. The money will support the recovery of people with complex needs, physical and mental health issues, poverty, homelessness, substance misuse, experience of abuse and supply services to help combat social isolation aggravated by the pandemic.
Brian Hanley, the Irish centre’s Director of Community Development said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can help to reduce the worst effects of the pandemic by reducing social isolation and loneliness through our accredited befriending service, community café, creative and social groups. It will also help us to maintain vital services such as specialist advice and information around welfare benefits, housing, food vouchers and access to our Community Fridge. More and more people are struggling to make ends meet and this can help us to make a substantial difference to people’s lives.”
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the London Irish Centre has tailored its services to be at the heart of a community-wide response to reach those most in need. This work has included the provision of; 4791 meals to vulnerable people in isolation, 7194 Advice sessions on benefits, crisis grants and housing, 1633 personalised food parcels, 4912 wellbeing check in calls to 463 people and training 40 new telephone Befriending partners.
National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive.
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