The Covid19 pandemic has been extremely challenging for many people in Wales and most specifically the minority groups in places such as Newport. Many families who were already living on the breadline have been knocked sideways by the pandemic and have suffered both financially and psychologically.
Kidacare4u recognises this current need in our community and so are working with 6 different ethnic groups (Bengali, Pakistani, Romanian, Somalian, Sudanese and Ethopian) to provide them with care and support during lockdown. The majority of the BME families we are working with are living in large households with elderly and sick relatives.
We are currently delivering the following activities :
-Arranging home packs consisting of household essentials and food appropiate for BME groups.
-Delivering homepacks to vulnerable families
-Providing correct and current Covid19 information. Due to the language barrier issues, some people are getting the wrong information and are becoming very frightened and confused.
-Liasing with schools regarding school work and free school meal vouchers so that children are able to access learning and get food.
-Helping students access online learning resources.
-Helping people make benefit claims.
-Helping with housing problems such as rent and council-tax issues.
-Help with bills, credit cards and loans.
-Signposting regarding health and interpreting for those who need it.
-Providing advocacy and befriending service in various languages for individuals who are lonely and isolated.
Thanks to the following organisations for helping us deliver these projects:
Awards for All
Community Foundation Wales
Newport City Council to deliver Period dignity project
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid's |Club