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Across the country, charities, local organisations and local volunteers are doing incredible work in service to their communities during this time. We believe that in this time of difficulty, it is incumbent on us to share the good, the lengths people are going to in order to support one another, and the innovative campaigns that have been developed in order to more effectively help others and provide them security, support and dignity.

Muslim Charity: Takeaway Partnerships Deliver Hot Meals to Vulnerable People

Muslim Charity: Takeaway partnerships deliver hot meals to vulnerable people

They have been delivering hot meals to individuals who are in self-isolation, struggling financially and have little support. To do this, Muslim Charity has partnered up with different takeaways across the UK. They have provided takeaways with an initial grant of £1000 to allow them to begin making meals. Muslim Charity then helps them with setting up a fundraising page and encourages the takeaway to reach out to their local community for donations to keep the takeaway meal service continuing. The takeaways are aware of the standard procedures and measures to be taken for the delivery. This initiative is not only supporting individuals most vulnerable at this time, but also takeaway businesses who may have otherwise had to reduce output.

The food is distributed by ordering online on behalf of the vulnerable community members facing financial hardship. Muslim Charity raises funds through volunteers sharing the fundraising page and, in many cases, the extended members of the vulnerable family are also raising funds which are helping to grow the circle of support.

To date, with this innovative initiative, Muslim Charity has served over thousands of meals to vulnerable community members along with food packs.

This initiative has had a positive impact on different local communities across the UK with many Muslim Charity volunteers/support groups receiving a significant number of calls from older people and families facing financial hardship in distress because they haven’t enough food and hygiene material at home and are too nervous to go out.

For Further Information please contact: Irfan Rajput, Director Programme and Policy Muslim Charity, Helping the Needy; email; irfan@muslimcharity.org.uk, Phone 07462558280

Kent Muslim Welfare Association: Teaming up with Local Authorities to Serve the Community

The Kent Muslim Welfare Association (KMWA) has been working with Medway foodbank, Medway Public Health and Medway Voluntary Action.

Having analysed the abilities and qualifications of their volunteers, they initially contacted Medway Voluntary Action and offered their services to the general public. The Voluntary Action subsequently put them in touch with Medway Foodbank and Medway Public Health.

Having established these relations Medway Public Health asked for support from KNWA in two areas: prescription deliveries and a buddy system.

The public call Medway Public Health seeking support with collecting prescriptions, and then Medway Public Health asks KMWA to ensure the prescription delivery is fulfilled.

Meanwhile, the buddy system is for isolated people who require befriending. They have DBS checked volunteers who cover Spanish, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Gujarati languages. This has been very helpful for Medway Public Health and the local community.

Penny Appeal: Supporting the Homeless

In a time where there is great focus on individuals who are deemed physically vulnerable to COVID-19, we must not forget about individuals in our society who have been vulnerable for some time. Penny Appeal have partnered with a number of local community-based organisations in the Midlands and Yorkshire to support homeless individuals.

Through Penny Appeal’s work with their partners they have reached over 200 individuals who are at risk of homelessness or have been recently housed by the government via local councils in order to protect them from COVID-19.

By providing them with essentials to live their daily lives, these individuals do not need to go outside to sustain a sufficient standard of living, therefore putting themselves at greater vulnerability and risk of exposure.

One of the organisations Penny Appeal has been supporting is the Salvation Army in Birmingham. Together they have been providing vital support to the homeless in Birmingham, showing the impact that can be achieved when different faith institutions come together in support of those who need it.

Human Relief Foundation: Pharmacy distributions for the vulnerable and self-isolating in Manchester

Human Relief Foundation’s office in Manchester has formed a partnership with Manchester Pharmacy to aid in distributions of essential prescriptions and medications to vulnerable and self-isolating households across Greater Manchester.

Since March, HRF has been freely distributing essential supplies – such as hand sanitisers, masks, paracetamol, multi-vitamins, and prescriptions – to households containing high-risk, elderly and otherwise vulnerable people who have been forced into self-isolation. This means that NHS staff can continue their work on the front line whilst HRF teams & Manchester Pharmacy help the community!

HRF staff and volunteers fulfil two roles. First, a telephone-based questionnaire has been developed to gather information on households calling to request assistance, and a vulnerability criterion developed to determine which households are in greatest need of assistance. HRF teams also operate a same day delivery service, covering the entire Greater Manchester area, to get these supplies out to affected households as quickly as possible.

Since the partnership began, HRF has been making distributions at an average of 30 per day. Since March 23rd, over 460 distributions have been made in total, ensuring that some of the most vulnerable members in the Manchester community maintain their health and safety during a highly disruptive and uncertain period

Al Khair Foundation: Supporting Refugees in Glasgow

With the innovative ‘Here for You’ initiative, Al Khair Foundation have been providing 60 cooked meals seven days a week to refugees that have recently arrived in the city. They are housed in a hostel, have no recourse to public funds and are in need of food aid. Essential hygiene packs are needed and provided.

This is a project assigned to them by Glasgow Council and other partners in a city-wide coordinated response. Ingredients for the meals are donated by local businesses, the meals are then cooked in a different volunteer household each day – there are seven volunteer households altogether. There is no budget required from Al Khair, the team co-ordinate and deliver the project. It is a grassroots community initiative the helps the most vulnerable and gives local residents the opportunity to help the needy.

Such is the spirit and quality of this and other projects delivered by the branch that the Scottish Government have awarded charities grants to continue their valuable work. Al Khair Foundation Glasgow, was the only Muslim charity recognised.

Muslim Women’s Council: Partnership helpline for the vulnerable

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Muslim Women’s Council launched the MWC Helpline on 23rd March in conjunction with MyLahore and Islamic Relief.

Their services include emergency food provision (through hot meal food packs), signposting to relevant services, updates & advice on Coronavirus in additional languages, befriending and emotional support.

The helpline operates from 10am to 8pm seven days a week, to support those members of the Bradford community who are vulnerable or elderly. Many people are having to self-isolate due to the virus symptoms or underlying health conditions, and are therefore struggling with meals.

Anyone in need can contact their helpline and their staff will ascertain their needs – if they require meals MWC arrange hot food delivery through their catering partners MyLahore, if they require basic food parcels or mental health support MWC signpost them to one of the appropriate service providers.

Also, Muslim Women’s Council has been delivering the Curry Circle, their weekly food initiative for the destitute, since December 2013. Due to the unprecedented effects of COVID-19, the sessions have been changed to a hot meal takeout service from the same location, Carlisle Business Centre, from 6pm to 8pm on Thursdays. This will ensure both their volunteers and service users are kept safe while enabling us to continue providing as much support as possible.

So far, they have delivered 558 hot meals to families all over Bradford, supported 37 different households with hot meals, food parcels & mental health support and provided 165 takeaway hot meals to Curry Circle service users.

Hand On Heart WWP: Providing Easter essential packs to the homeless

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hand on Heart has been active to help the homeless who have been forgotten and left with little or no support. In addition, the group is supporting other vulnerable categories such as deprived families and the elderly.

It has formed a collaboration with other charities (Beta Charitable Trust, Sufra, Who is Hussain, Nishkam SWAT and WF-Aid), and distributed 620 mini essential packs to the homeless in London. In addition, the group has also sourced over 600 cases of essential food supplies for food banks as well as laptops and printers for home schooling children from deprived families.

On Easter Sunday, Hand on Heart assembled 250 Easter Essential Packs for the homeless. Each drawstring bag contained hand sanitisers (donated by WF-Aid and Stanmore Jafferys), wet wipes, deodorants, socks/underwear, t-shirts and polo shirts. In addition, 250 Easter Eggs were donated as well as cupcakes which were hand made by various patisseries including Dessert First and Caketastic. To mark Easter celebrations, the packs were distributed to the homeless by Nishkam SWAT at London’s iconic, now deserted, Trafalgar Square.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hand on Heart has been active to help the homeless who have been forgotten and left with little or no support. In addition, the group is supporting other vulnerable categories such as deprived families and the elderly.

It has formed a collaboration with other charities (Beta Charitable Trust, Sufra, Who is Hussain, Nishkam SWAT and WF-Aid), and distributed 620 mini essential packs to the homeless in London. In addition, the group has also sourced over 600 cases of essential food supplies for food banks as well as laptops and printers for home schooling children from deprived families.

On Easter Sunday, Hand on Heart assembled 250 Easter Essential Packs for the homeless. Each drawstring bag contained hand sanitisers (donated by WF-Aid and Stanmore Jafferys), wet wipes, deodorants, socks/underwear, t-shirts and polo shirts. In addition, 250 Easter Eggs were donated as well as cupcakes which were hand made by various patisseries including Dessert First and Caketastic. To mark Easter celebrations, the packs were distributed to the homeless by Nishkam SWAT at London’s iconic, now deserted, Trafalgar Square.

Bradford Council for Mosques and Bradford Foundation Trust: bringing businesses and charities together

Bradford Council for Mosques and Bradford Foundation Trust have co-ordinated a community response which includes fifty local businesses and thirty voluntary sector organisations with a purpose of ensuring that the efforts around Covid-19 response are done in a co-ordinated manner.

They are mainly supporting refugee and asylum seekers as they are the most vulnerable, whilst other organisations were supporting people with mental health needs.

The impact has been phenomenal. Working with other voluntary organisations and Bradford Council, they have recruited over a thousand volunteers. Some volunteers have been helping with food distribution, others have been picking up medicines or befriending people. Some of the businesses have given an incredible amount of support.

Human Appeal: Providing essentials to victims of domestic abuse

There is a pressing need for outlets of support for domestic abuse victims to be strengthened. Victims of domestic abuse have been seeking help in growing numbers and some victims have been temporarily relocated, but in this scenario, they may need support with food and essentials to maintain a decent standard of living. Human Appeal has stepped up to support some of these individuals.

As part of their hot food distribution project, they are working with a caterer to provide hot food to a range of organisations across Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leicester and Bradford. One of the organisations they work with supports victims of abuse.

The organisation they work with offer a variety of services to help and support women, men and children who are affected by domestic abuse. Human Appeal is supporting their beneficiaries with access to hot meals on a weekly basis.

In total, Human Appeal has delivered over 4000 hot meals to their partner organisations across the UK.

Islamic Help: Serving Their Communities

As a community, we don’t expect anyone to be left hungry or deprived, but COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented global emergency with the most vulnerable struggling for food or access to food. These vulnerable communities are the focus of Islamic Help’s support during these difficult times.

Islamic Help has forged partnerships with community organisations, including the Bahu Trust in Birmingham and the Ghulam Trust in London, to serve those most in need in their neighbourhoods. With donations from individuals, retailers and other groups, the charity’s volunteers have been delivering food and hygiene packs to the doorsteps of residents who are in isolation or unable to leave their homes due to illness or infirmity.

The beneficiaries have included those in some of the cities’ poorest areas, along with NHS staff, the elderly, the disabled and other vulnerable groups. More than 100 families in Birmingham and dozens more in London have already been served through this initiative. It demonstrates how working together can alleviate the burdens on the hardest-hit in society, and by providing them with food and hygiene essentials it also ensures they do not need to put themselves or others at risk of exposure or vulnerability by going outside

MAB Youth Birmingham: Supporting their community, including stranded students.

MAB Youth Birmingham, a group of young volunteers are trying to do their bit to help individuals who have been severely affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

They have set up an outreach project called MABY COVID-19 support. The aim is to help vulnerable families and individuals, in Birmingham, who have been affected by COVID-19. They deliver food packages to the most needy, they are all assembled by their volunteers.

They have set up an online google form for beneficiaries to outline the support they require. This includes supporting international students who are stranded in the UK, thousands of miles away from their homes with some not living with individuals of a similar culture. MAB Youth are supporting them by delivering essentials if necessary, but primarily befriending services such that the students can stay connect in this period of social distancing.

They are also regularly hosting webinars to keep the youth positively engaged during the lockdown.

Muslim Hands: Muslim Hands and FareShare combine to provide meals across the UK

Muslim Hands and FareShare (the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity) have partnered to provide 4,000 meals everyday across the UK during the Coronavirus pandemic. The meals are reaching those most vulnerable and consist of nutritional food items to ensure that disadvantaged communities in the north, midlands and south are being fed.

Prior to the pandemic, 1 in 5 people in the UK struggled to put food on the table. The implemented governmental lockdown and soaring spread of infection over the last few weeks has resulted in many unable to work, losing their jobs or facing financial difficulty, putting lives at serious risk.

Muslim Hands has donated to support this vital lifeline over an initial two-month period, with the aim to reach out to as many people as possible, including children, shelters, the elderly and community groups. The partnership entails combining on different areas of the food distribution process such as depot work, distribution, sorting, driving and delivery. FareShare have provided Muslim Hands volunteers with PPE and safety training.

Himmah: Providing support for single parent families

Himmah charity has teamed up with Sisters of Noor to provide food and hot meals for single-parent families.

The women they are supporting are both Muslim and non-Muslim with some being born in the UK and others from countries like Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

The women they are supporting have either fled domestic abuse, been divorced or widowed or are on refugee status or seeking asylum. Women generally, like most people, struggle to come forward due to stigma and the feeling of failure. They need to feel supported and valued as well as knowing their issues will be dealt with sincerely, confidentially and dignity.

The current crisis has depleted many support networks for these women leading to difficulties with shopping, job insecurity, ill-health and delays in receiving universal credit. Therefore, they are desperately relying on support from the food bank and hot meal provision Himmah provide.

Mindworks UK: Providing online emotional support

Based in South London, MindworksUK offer Counselling and Psychotherapy services to anyone in need of help. They are now offering an emotional support service during COVID-19.

They would normally offer face to face sessions, however, the way they work has slightly changed, so they are offering a telephone or video based service due to the lockdown. They have extended their usual services to those affected by COVID-19. They are a low-cost service, so it is very easily accessible to those on low income.

As COVID19 is now the main feature of the everyday conversations, their aim is to reach out to those who have had to make a change to their working environments, as many are now having to work from home. Many people have been furloughed or let go from their jobs making it hard to meet the financial needs of their families.

Through offering support in over six different languages including English, Arabic, Somali, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, French and Czech, they have had a positive impact in their local community in this difficult time

Sufra: Providing laptops for home-schooling

With schools shut and some classes and work being moved online, there is a huge risk of children falling behind in their education in those families who do not have the necessary technology. Some schoolchildren are now facing a new rich-poor technology divide while isolated from computers and facilities they would otherwise use at school computer rooms or at public libraries. This is widening the learning gap for the most vulnerable children in society.

Sufra has stepped in to support children in their local community. They have set up an appeal for used laptops and are working with local contacts to re-purpose other old laptops. So far, they have helped thirteen families.

By providing young people with these laptops and high-quality support, vulnerable children will be able to continue their learning and not fall behind in their education. to continue learning.

Muslim Women’s Network: Supporting women suffering domestic abuse in a time of crisis

The MWN Helpline provides a national specialist faith and culturally sensitive service that is confidential and non-judgmental, which offers information, support, guidance and referrals to Asian and Muslim women and girls from diverse ethnic / faith backgrounds who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues.

Individuals are able to make contact via email, webchat, text or by phoning and are provided with advice and support on a range of issues.

Two-thirds of the enquires to our MWN Helpline are about some form of abuse or violence such as domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based violence, rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, stalking and harassment.

Worries over women being abused at home have increased with the nationwide lockdown that has been imposed. Women living with extended families may now have no safe space or time to call as they may be in more regular contact with their abusers. Alhamdulillah MWN has developed strong relations with their beneficiaries and adjusted to operating from home quickly to be there for women when they needed them most.

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The Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) was set up in 2003 and works to improve social justice and equality for Muslim women and girls. We do this through research, advocacy, and training. One of our key projects is the MWN Helpline which was established in 2015.

The MWN Helpline is a national helpline which provides a specialist faith and culturally sensitive service that is confidential and non-judgmental. Our fully trained staff offer information, support, guidance and referrals to Muslim women and girls from diverse ethnic / faith backgrounds who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues. The MWN Helpline primarily supports Muslim women, however the MWN Helpline is open to everyone.

In 2019 the MWN Helpline received 1247 new cases and on average, the MWN Helpline was contacted 261 times a month and provided direct help and support to 104 individual service users every month. We received enquiries on over 45 different issues, including:

  • Domestic Abuse (32%)
  • Mental Health Feelings (31%)
  • Divorce (22%)
  • Housing / Homelessness (16%)
  • Relationships (16%)

Two-thirds of the enquires to our MWN Helpline are about some form of abuse or violence such as domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based violence, rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, stalking and harassment. We remain particularly concerned about those experiencing domestic abuse who may not be able to access support due to the lockdown measures. For example, women living with extended families may now have no safe space or time to call as they may be in more regular contact with their abusers.

How to Contact the MWN Helpline:

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) our contingency planning allowed us to continue operating Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm. You are able to contact the MWN Helpline via telephone. However, contacting us via Email, Webchat or Text first could mean a quicker response.

 

Free Phone Number: 0800 999 5786

Text: 07415 206 936

Emailinfo@mwnhelpline.co.uk

Websitewww.mwnhelpline.co.uk click on ‘contact us’ page

Chat to Us: click on www.mwnhelpline.co.uk and follow the icon on the bottom right of your screen

Alhamdulillah MWNUK has adjusted to operating from home quickly and their confidential and non-judgmental approach has helped service users to access support when they need it the most.