Moorland Star is a community centre in Cardiff offering “a vibrant place to meet, eat and socialise”. When the first national lockdown started in March 2020, they were one of the first charities to apply for, and receive funding from, the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal.
A Coronavirus Appeal grant awarded by Community Foundation Wales before the end of March, and subsequent crowdfunding from local people, meant they could adapt and keep going, despite the loss of fundraising income from the café. The team launched a mobile lunch service, offering a two-course hot meal, along with extra fresh produce from Marks & Spencer. As a high proportion of their elderly members live alone, the delivery service was vital; and was up and running within two days of restrictions being announced.
The team at Moorland Star have delivered more than 6,000 meals throughout the pandemic and have also continued to provide emotional support through daily phone contact, quizzes, world searches and regular raffles. “The funding meant we could keep going, despite losing our usual income”, say the team. “Now we’re looking to extend our service as many elderly members are still afraid to go outside”.