During the month of March thanks to a small grant from Incommunities, we organised fun activities including a social distanced cooking session and online exercise classes for women to engage our most isolated clients during lockdown. We identified that 60% of our service users have greatly suffered from isolation especially experiencing loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress and just needed someone to talk to and find practical ways forward to cope and have fun.
We decided to run a hybrid of online activities as well as face-to-face sessions following all the government guidelines. Alongside this, we also continued with our weekly befriending conversations reach out to others who were particularly vulnerable to check on them, offer and listening ear, advice and advocacy. Overall, we engaged over 30 service users on this project and so thankful to Incommunities for funding this month project and other local people, organisations and volunteers who helped to make this possible.