Covid Community Outreach Project
The Covid-19 pandemic which began in March 2020 has had a profound impact on the world. During this time, it has been widely observed that the BAME community has been disproportionately affected by the virus, and as such, has required increased attention and support. The PDA has responded to this epidemic by this providing support to not only the whole of the Pollokshields community but specifically to its BAME members.
The Covid Community Outreach Project was formed with the needs of the community at its heart. Over the last year, the Covid-19 pandemic left many households with little to no income, which led to a need for urgent food provisions.
With support of funding from various organisations such as:
- The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Awards for All,
- South East Integration Network,
- BEMIS Scotland and The Scottish Government Wellbeing fund,
- Connecting Scotland Scheme
PDA has been able to provide:
- Food provisions,
- Essential care products,
- Shop vouchers
- Connected digital devices for our community members.
Using these funds, PDA has managed to keep our vulnerable, isolating and shielding members fed, cared for and connected online to their friends and families.
During the development of the project, PDA has also formed essential partnerships with other charity organisation in our community.
We are proudly coordinating with:
- Pollokshields Community FoodPoint at 423 Shields Road
- Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque
- Al-khair Foundation
Faith in Community Scotland who funded the cost of sewing machines which are available to rent from PDA for a fixed time.
Lockdown restrictions has also meant that PDA has had to take many of it’s group activities online.
- The Home School Club
- The Hatun Club
- Creative Writing Lessons
- And Senior Lunch Club (via -1-to1 wellbeing calls and food vouchers)
The PDA is proud to be a part of the Glasgow community spirit and will continue servicing the needs of its community even through challenging and unprecedented times.