Community Companions Project
Why we need your help
The Community Companions project was set up in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. As a Mosque and community centre located in a prime location in the centre of Hounslow, we quickly recognised how important it was for us to support this community in these testing times. We have had people tell us about their difficulty in being able to afford food and other essential supplies and how this has impacted detrimentally on their emotional and mental wellbeing. Particular groups of vulnerable people such as those that are from low income families, international students or those that are currently trying to settle their legal status have sought help from us.
We have set up the Community Companions project as a direct result of this demand from vulnerable members of the local community during these unprecedented times and we embrace this challenge to provide the support everyone needs.
Our main objective is to provide a service of support to all residents of all faiths and none, living in the London Borough of Hounslow that are facing particular difficulties as a direct result of the current Covid-19 pandemic, and also the impact of the economic decline of our community post Covid-19. We aim to do this by:
-Providing food and essential shopping packs for collection or delivery to vulnerable members of the community
-Handing out hot meals (Iftaars to end fasts - during the Month of Ramadan) and post Ramadhan should we have suitable funding.
-Picking up and delivering groceries, medicines and prescriptions
-Providing direction to the relevant health, medical and dental services available
We have so far helped over 300 people from all walks of life, we have provided hot meals to a NHS hospital and Care Homes. We have distributed food and essential food packs at the mosque as well as at people’s doorsteps.
Reaching out to the Community
We have been actively promoting our services through social media, leaflets and through community pages and the response has been overwhelming and a real eye-opener in understanding the various needs and difficulties that our local community members are facing on a daily basis.
Local councillors, charity organisations and support workers have been signposting the stakeholders to our services. We aim to continue this relationship with these organisations and forge new ones also.
We aim to audit the satisfaction of the services we provide to our stakeholders (via evaluation questionnaires in various languages) complying always to GDPR principles.
The Community Companions Project requires urgent funding to be able to continue to support the residents of Hounslow as the situation with COVID19 is still ongoing and we are seeing the number of people reaching out to us increase on a daily basis. Post Covid-19, and with the enviable number of job losses expected we aim to increase our capacity.
At present we are providing and distributing:
400 Essential food packs costing £25 each, over the next 10 days
250 hot meals per day costing £3.50 each meal.
We have the storage capacity, distribution capabilities, long term willingness of the volunteers and leaders to make this project work. We will ensure that any monies provided by yourselves will be 100 percent spent on the stakeholders. No monies will be used on salaries or administration.
Prophet Muhammad (s) said: 'A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry.'" Hadith Muslim
raised towards £30,000.00 target
Jun 26, 2020
May 21, 2020
May 20, 2020
Abdul Hai Wardak
May 18, 2020
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £743.75
Raised offline £0.00