In March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, we suspended all face-to-face activities, and we started working remotely.
The pandemic hit our members hard. They felt even more isolated and excluded from society. They experienced increased housing and financial problems, with some facing an increased risk of homelessness and many worried about a lack of food and money.
We adapted our work so we could continue to support members, and help them feel less alone during these difficult times.
In response to the pandemic, we’ve provided:
- Weekly online group therapy
- Online individual therapy
- Additional emergency housing support
- Food deliveries
- Daily online activities including an exercise class, a reading group and creative writing group
- Laptops and data
- Phone top-ups and data
This support enabled members to stay part of a supportive community during this crisis.
“Room to heal has helped me with soo many things which I could spend all day writing. If it wasn’t Room to heal! I had lost hope. I was about to give up with my life when was introduced to them. They check on me by calling when I feel low. They make sure I have something to eat in this pandemic. I am warm. I don’t feel lonely every Tuesday I go on Zoom meeting and talk to my sisters and brothers. I thank you Room to Heal.”
(Community member, Jan 2021)
In May 2021, we had our first (socially distanced!) face-to-face community gathering after more than one year. It was incredibly emotional to meet again in our beautiful garden at Culpeper!
We’ve been working to make our spaces safe and, as restrictions ease, we hope to gradually increase face-to-face activities again over the summer.
It’s taken a lot of hard work to adapt our community in response to the pandemic but we’re proud to have been there for our members throughout. This has only been possible thanks to the tremendous collective support from our supporters, funders, volunteers, members and staff.
Thank you all!