Social care charity supplies nearly 200 food hampers

When Covid-19 struck Knowsley-based charity Caring Connections knew it needed to live up to its name.

The organisation delivers 5,000 hours of social care a month across Liverpool City Region to reduce feelings of isolation and improve people’s levels of independence.

CEO Paul Growney said: “When Covid-19 struck it had a massive impact on frontline social care and resulted in a big increase in need. People were shielding and isolated. A lot of users had health considerations and we also had to deal with increased levels of anxiety and stress.”

Caring Connections decided to deliver food hampers to the most vulnerable and were awarded £4,500 by the Steve Morgan Foundation in emergency funding.

In three months the charity delivered 195 food hampers but Paul said that tells only half the story.

“A lot of the people we supported simply couldn’t get out to the shops,” he said. “Most of them don’t do online shopping and the ones who do couldn’t get any slots. There was a growing need for essential food and protecting people’s mental wellbeing.”

Using their contacts Caring Connections identified those most in need of help and lacking family support.

“As well as delivering the food hampers we’d have a chat on the doorstep to make sure they were ok,” said Paul.

“For a lot of the people when we visited we were the only person they saw in the day. The feedback we had has been incredible.

“As well as the food we included crosswords and other activities in the hampers to help with their mental health.

“Our wellbeing workers now do a weekly call to our users to make sure they’re okay.

“We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the Steve Morgan Foundation.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation launched its Covid-19 Emergency Fund in March and has so far made 539 awards to charities across Cheshire, North Wales and Merseyside totalling £5,211,592. 

Jane Harris, regional fundraising director of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “Caring Connections has made sure that those vulnerable people most in need of help have received the support they’ve needed.”

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