100 Days of Small Charities Making A Big Difference
Guest Blog – Pall Singh
My name is Pall Singh and I’m Project Director at Building Bridges, a small charity in Edinburgh. I’ve been invited to guest edit John Herriman’s usual newsletter spot to mark the fact that today is 100 days since the launch of the NET Coronavirus Appeal.
Thanks to funding from NET, through Foundation Scotland, Building Bridges was able to respond swiftly to the urgent needs among BAME groups struggling as a result of COVID-19. The process was made simple, with access to funds within a few days, which meant we were quick off the mark.
We deliver weekly Halal meals to those who are the most vulnerable and on the margins of our society because of strong partnerships that were formed with the Mosque Kitchen, Asian Concern, Punjabi Junction and others in the City.
Building Bridges is grassroots; we are passionate about caring for disadvantaged families and individuals on low income in the community. Volunteers freely give of their time and energy to help one another with enthusiasm.
We are also relational, as people from the BAME communities feel a sense of belonging in Scotland: that people in Edinburgh care about their welfare on a personal level, visit them and spend time talking with them on the doorstep.
The difference is not only about now but also for the future. Working together and friendships are being made – something to build on in the future. This is a small part of tremendous legacy that NET will be remembered for during COVID-19 and something for us all to build on in the future.
Its together that we can make a difference in our communities! ”
Pall Singh, Project Director at Building Bridges
Thanks To You!
Over the last 100 days, more than 6,700 grassroots groups all over the UK have been able to offer urgent support to the vulnerable in their communities.
Some groups have transformed their day-jobs so that they can keep on caring from a distance. While others have set up from scratch, almost overnight, in response to new urgent needs.
Their compassion, combined with your own, have helped to curb the impact of the crisis in communities over these last 100 days. A sincere thank you for all your support.
The Data Behind The Difference
Grants as little as £35 and as large as £240,000 have enabled volunteers from grassroots charities all over the UK to provide for their local communities in this period of unparalleled need.
From week to week, those needs in communities are evolving. Our 12-Week Report provides an overview of how the Trust has been responding, at pace, to the complex and changing nature of this crisis to ensure emergency funds continue to reach those that need them the most.
Stories From The Frontline
Update From Our Supporters
Mulberry hosted 23 virtual gigs with a variety of performers including Tom Grennan to help raise donations for NET
Asprey continue to sell their National Emergencies Trust 167 Button pendant in sterling silver with the NET log inscribed on the back to raise funds for the coronavirus appeal
The world continues to grow hairy from the support of World Grows Wild encouraging fundraisers to grow their body hair in support of the National Emergencies Trust
NatWest will be matching donations from their corporate and business customers to NET between now and 19 July or until funds remain, as part of their pledge to raise £10 million for NET.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to have your corporate donation matched if you are a NatWest Corporate or Business customer.
Thank you for your creativity and continued generous support.
NET Coronavirus Appeal
The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal was launched on March 18, 2020, with the support of the Duke of Cambridge.
Anyone can make a donation and further donations can be made by clicking the below button.
or by texting APPEAL to 70141 to donate £10
If you’re a local charity or group that would like to receive support from the appeal, you can find out who your local Community Foundation is and get in touch here. For more info, go to: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-network