During the pandemic, our local charities have been under increasing pressure due to loss of income and yet face an increased demand for services.
Despite oneRichmond being a new organisation, we felt compelled to launch our Covid-19 Appeal to support local charities during these challenging times. We are pleased that £20,000 was raised, which was doubled to £40,000 by local grant makers Hampton Fund and RPLC.
A huge appreciation to all those who generously contributed.
The following Awards were made, each of £10,000:
The People Hive has established the Hub and gallery in Twickenham town centre, delivering a range of activities and opportunities for people with learning disabilities, raising awareness, and exhibiting work by local artists in the shop front. Covid and the lockdowns have had a huge impact on the charity’s income. The grant is a valuable contribution towards the charity’s running costs.
Integrated Neurological Services (INS) provides clinical intervention and holistic support for people living with a long term neurological condition e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke and acquired brain injury. The funding supports the delivery of hybrid services to enable continued engagement for all clients including those clinically vulnerable and isolating because of Covid19.
Carers have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. The grant enables Richmond Upon Thames Crossroads Care to provide additional respite services in Richmond to meet increasing demand due to Covid-19.
Homelink Day Care Respite Centre provides high quality day care for older people who have a long-term illness, disability or mental health problem, including dementia, enabling respite for the families/carers. The centre was forced to close during Covid, which has had a significant impact on income. Staff were furloughed and regrettably some were made redundant. The charity has been creative with how it has adapted services during this time, with the introduction of some home visits, telephone/video support and help with shopping. The £10,000 grant supports this valuable work.
Homelink at Home
“The grant was such a help since the after-effects of Covid have lasted considerably longer than we anticipated. The grant enabled us to offer one-to-one respite care in people’s homes through the provision of a new service introduced in 2021 called ‘Homelink at Home’. Many older people who would usually have come to our respite centre did not want to risk leaving home, despite having been vaccinated. This was partly due to general uncertainty about the effectiveness of vaccines and often because the long period of isolation had made them very nervous of socialising. Homelink at Home has been a lifeline for carers and has encouraged the cared-for person to get used to mixing more with others. The grant was used to fund five months’ part time employment costs of our Home Respite Manager.” – Jacqui Paris, CEO