Furloughed Foodies are a social enterprise on a mission to feed the NHS and those struggling during the Covid-19 outbreak. They are funded through donations and are supported by volunteers who cooking deliver healthy meals for NHS workers in London hospitals, as those treating COVID patients aren't able to access the canteen.
Look After have been supporting Furloughed Foodies from the start with a press office function. Having achieved the incredible milestone of 10,000 meals delivered, Furloughed Foodies are looking to scale nationwide and diversify who they provide meals to. Look After will support them going forward on further fundraising and partnerships.
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Standing Together is a UK charity bringing communities together to end domestic abuse through a coordinated community response. They support organisations including the police, criminal justice partners, housing associations, local authorities, social services, healthcare workers, faith communities and other charities. They help these groups work together seamlessly to identify and respond to domestic abuse, so that survivors receive the right support at the right time.
As a small charity with limited funding but playing a crucial role during the lockdown, Standing Together was delighted when Look After put a comms team together to support their efforts. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the sense of urgency for Standing Together’s work was palpable. Within the first week, Look After’s team was helping Standing Together build out its website, its primary communications tool, and communicate what the wider community should do to keep people safe as well as what policymakers must do to protect essential frontline services for domestic abuse survivors ahead of a likely surge in reported cases post-lockdown. The team is also building a press office function to ensure attention on domestic abuse continues to be magnified, leveraging the spotlight the issue has garnered during the crisis which had gone largely unnoticed before.
That support couldn’t have come at a more critical time as the UK Government made a surprise announcement on 2nd May to amend the Domestic Abuse Bill and provide £76m in government support for vulnerable people. Newly appointed Standing Together CEO, Gudrun Burnet, who had been campaigning for years on the Bill, was able to respond quickly with a statement the Look After comms volunteer team helped her prepare, ensuring Standing Together’s crucial views regarding automatic priority need housing for domestic abuse survivors in the Domestic Abuse Bill were publicly voiced. With no communications professional on staff, the contribution of the volunteer account team was already proving invaluable.
“Smaller charities do just as vital work but we simply don’t have the financial resources,” explained Standing Together CEO, Gudrun Burnet. “We know how much further our reach could go if we had a communications person on staff and with this COVID-19 crisis coming out of the blue, I’ll be forever grateful for such good people out there helping me. This has been a real light in an otherwise very dark time.”