Shadwell Responds has established a hardship fund. This fund is to provide small cash grants to those who are in need of support because of changes to their circumstances caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The scheme acknowledges the government support that has been put in place (e.g. furlough schemes, universal credit, widened access to the free school meal system), as well as the provision of food via local foodbanks. In Shadwell food is also available via the new Darul Ummah Mosque Covid Hub on Mondays and Fridays. However, the scheme also recognises that there can be inconsistencies or inefficiencies when accessing those schemes, and many families are finding themselves with shortfalls of money while they are waiting formal provision. This scheme is designed to address those gaps.
Applications can be made via designated referrers who represent established organisations across the neighbourhood. There is also a team of people who are responsible for processing these applications and issuing grants based on a needs assessment. The bank account is held by St George in the East Church, but the team of grantmakers is more broadly representative of Shadwell.
If you would like to donate to the hardship fund you will soon be able to do so here: