Dear Friends & Supporters,
I hope you and your friends and family are keeping well. Whilst we have
all missed seeing you face-to-face over the last weeks we want to stay in touch
and share how we continue to support families through the current COVID-19
We are especially concerned for parents and children trapped in abusive
relationships where current restrictions heighten domestic tensions and make
accessing support difficult. Welcare staff are in regular contact with all the
parents and children we have been working with especially those who attended
our MySpace domestic abuse treatment and recovery groups. We remain open for
new referrals and continue to work with individual parents and children, albeit
through regular phone contact, email and digital channels.
We are also working to support families struggling financially and emotionally
including children in poverty whose home lives are unsettled and filled with
anxiety. Welcare staff have distributed supermarket vouchers previously donated
by church and community supporters to families known to us and we are now able
to purchase more vouchers thanks to the generous response to our appeal.
In the initial phase of the crisis we distributed 39 supermarket vouchers to the
value of £820, 14 bags of food and 2 foodbank vouchers and we have increased
distribution in the subsequent weeks as we co-ordinate with other local
organisations to enable us to target support.
With your help we can buy more vouchers to help families in
Send a letter of hope to a family in need
Please help us provide daily essentials for vulnerable families by forwarding
this request to your friends and families through digital channels. Donations
can be made directly on the website
We have also set up a dedicated fundraising page on Facebook. Facebook Fundraiser
We have collated resources to help families cope
with COVID-19 including a range of
teaching resources, timetable suggestions, recipes, arts and crafts for
children, well-being advice and other helpful websites. Please share with
parents or anyone who will find them helpful.
As the Easter season approaches and as a charity proud of our Christian
heritage and continuing identity I include a prayer which I hope you will find
helpful at this time of challenge and uncertainty.
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Finally, a big thank you for your continued support. Without you we
would not be able to serve families in need in our local community.
With very best wishes
from all the staff and trustees.
Anna Khan, Welcare
Chief Executive Officer
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