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We started the goodybank journey 6 weeks back with our community to lend a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these 6 weeks we’ve collectively managed to support 3121 members and 31,000 people across the country. goodybank has had such a massive impact on so many lives in such a short span.

Here’s a peek of how the funds raised are distributed across the UK this week

Snapshot of how the funds contributed to the community funds are being distributed. £1million+ total collaborative fund. 2,500+ projects supported.

These are the donations we’ve received this week

£8796.28 credit donations.£5306.00 donations to support communities

The donations are helping so many causes, here is an account from some of the communities that are being supported.

The Crumbs Project, Bournemouth

This charity helps vulnerable adults with employability skills through catering. They support 80 vulnerable adults and elderly individuals per week in Bournemouth. At present they have adapted what they do and are running a voluntary service to help get food to vulnerable adults in isolation.

How are they using the funds?

The grant is being used for food provision, basic essentials, practical and emotional support, and running costs

Milton Keynes Irish Welfare Support Group

This lunch club in Milton Keynes under normal circumstances provides hot food, a safe and social environment for local people every week. They support up to 60 elderly people per week in Milton Keynes. Like many charities, they have adapted their service in response to the virus outbreak and are providing emergency services.

With the funding we have been able to do the following: Distributed a number of emergency food parcels.  Cover petrol costs for volunteers Bought a telephone for a hard of hearing member whose phone was broken, meaning she had no means of contact with anyone. Partially covered wages of our Welfare Officer who is on furlough but is setting systems in place so our members, who are mostly in their 80's, will have someone to do their shopping/collection of medications, and receive regular phone calls to check on their welfare. Sending out birthday cards…to members whilst our Weekly Lunch Club is closed.

These are just some of the stories from the local communities.

To read about the goodybank stories click here

If you know of members and communities who are seeking help in these times, then please direct them to the goodybank page here

We will be happy to help.

Stay safe and stay connected.

Written by shainak

Shaina is a Content and Engagement Manager at giffgaff