> Westminster House Youth Club - Your Local Youth
> Club Needs You...........
> I have had many sleepless nights in this past few
> weeks with the pandemic creeping through my
> business and wiping out event after event.
> It has woven itself through my life and through
> the lives of friends whose loved ones have been
> stolen, and I can only watch friends grieve from a
> safe distance.
> Like most people, I have done what I can to keep
> myself sane while putting on a brave face and
> smile, as always, with a “show must go on’ façade.
> Without question, we all owe huge thanks to our
> doctors, nurses and care workers along with other
> essential service workers who are daily, risking
> their lives to save our relatives and friends who
> are dying alone in Covid-19 wards. I am proud to
> join those standing outside every Thursday as we
> clap hands to express our thanks.
> It troubles me however, to know that some of us
> here in South East London live fairly luxurious
> lifestyles at a time when children will go hungry
> and unnoticed on our doorstep. I have honestly not
> stopped thinking about one group of people that
> have been worrying me more than most and those are
> our teenagers and young adults. Those that are
> approaching teens or who have actually gotten
> there. Those that rely on school to have a
> structure to their day and to have at least one
> good meal too. Those young people that are in
> large families and small overcrowded homes who are
> caged together and unable to observe social
> As schools ‘return’ on 20th April and families
> return to home schooling, there is inevitably a
> distinct difference between the haves, and have
> nots. Some do not even have access to paper and
> educational supplies that we take for granted and
> they are relying on Youth Club Manager Kate to
> Young people are used to visiting Westminster
> House Youth Club in Nunhead as a familiar, safe
> place to go and spend time with adults who are
> trained to help, support and guide them. Now they
> are no longer permitted to leave their home, and
> life before lockdown is just a distant memory.
> Westminster House Youth Club have arranged fuel
> poverty support for those in need through the
> Salvation Army. They have secured some basic
> fruit and vegetables which are being sent to
> families in dire need and have personal hygiene
> items going to families who are currently unable
> to fund these items.
> Whilst we wait for restrictions on our ‘normal’
> life to be relaxed, I would like to concentrate
> and focus on what I am good at – feeding people a
> delicious, healthy, nutritious meal. Meals for
> those who may be unable to work, shop and cook due
> to Covid-19 restrictions and for those families
> who are now forced to self-isolate and have much
> younger siblings unable to offer stable support or
> have the knowledge to cook from scratch when our
> immune systems are in desperate need of a boost.
> As many of you know, I have given 100% of the
> profits from my East Dulwich Supper Club to
> Westminster House Youth Club to fund our partnered
> programme Cooking From Scratch and Bridging The
> Gap. This offers monthly cookery classes to young
> people and then these young people invite the
> elder generation in the community to the club for
> Afternoon Tea where the young people bake, serve
> and dine alongside them.
> Now, is your opportunity to join me as I am crowd
> funding to raise money to provide cooked meals for
> the young people, their families and those in
> desperate need in the local community. SE15 is a
> postcode which is divided; on one side
> gentrification and on the other extreme poverty.
> Now it really is your turn… Your turn to read my
> why… Your turn to be my who… Your turn to
> realise lend your support.
> With weeks ahead without any hope of work, and in
> a time of prolonged uncertainty, your donation
> will make such a huge and important difference. I
> will put my money where my mouth is and have
> started the fund with £100.00.
> I have used my network of contacts to find self
> employed chefs who are ready, willing and able to
> cook a variety of meals to suite all palates,
> these will passed to Kate who runs WHYC and she
> will distribute to those families most in need.
> Please, if you are working from home (#WFH) and
> saving on travel and/or lunches then why not
> donate your #lockdownlunch savings to a good
> 60 meals a week over 10 weeks will cost £2,000.00
> 120 meals a week over 10 weeks will cost
> 180 meals a week over 10 weeks will cost
> 240 meals a week over 10 weeks will cost
> 300 meals a week over 10 weeks will cost
> As a final thought…. Eating a well-balanced
> nutritious diet is important for supporting the
> immune system; the nutrients then influence the
> body’s ability to fight infection. The World
> Health Organisation suggests that, while no one
> food will cure the Covid-19 pandemic, a healthy
> diet helps strengthen our immune systems ability
> to cope with infections.
> To make your donation please go to:
> With grateful thanks,
Excellent charity. Keep up the good work!