Covid-19 and community: Fellows’ case studies

Darren Way (sixth on the top left) has adapted his charity's services to work online with clients in the areas of young adult knife crime, gang criminality and disaffection

Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to support communities. Here are their latest activities and insights.

Mohammed Dhalech: bereavement

Charity worker Mohammed Dhalech from Carlisle has been providing voluntary support to the Muslim community in Cumbria bereaved by Covid-19. This has included preparing religious requirements and working with local authorities to identify cemetery sites. Mohammed's Churchill Fellowship looked at how to engage Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in the outdoors.

Melvin Hartley: volunteering  

Local council resilience manager Melvin Hartley has been working with the voluntary sector to integrate their efforts into the local co-ordinated response against Covid-19. Inspired by his Churchill Fellowship, Melvin launched a spontaneous volunteers programme to deliver aid and assistance to people in need in the community. This included setting up a Local Response Centre to act as the central coordination point and engaging with over 2,000 spontaneous volunteers. Melvin is now developing an evaluation programme to gather learnings and best practice from his council's response, as well as that of other localised responses across the UK. He will share his findings via the creation of a dedicated website and report with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat who write national guidance, and with local councils and emergency planning bodies to aid them in future crises. Melvin received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work. 

Samantha Watson: fundraising 

Fundraising consultant Samantha Watson is providing free fundraising support to small, local charities. Through the organisation she founded, Orchard Fundraising, Samantha is helping four charities across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Bristol and Avon to raise funds for their causes. To support busy charity staff during this time, Samantha and her small team are applying for emergency grants on their behalf so that they can continue their vital work. Samantha is drawing upon learnings from her Churchill Fellowship where she explored how marketing and public relations can increase the income and sustainability of charities. 

Darren Way: youth violence 

Charity founder Darren Way has adapted his charity's services to work online with clients in the areas of young adult knife crime, gang criminality and disaffection. Ahead of lockdown, the charity that he founded, Streets of Growth, proactively redevised their intervention model. They did this in partnership with an international organisation that Darren researched on his Churchill Fellowship. Their current online services include urgently supporting people who were already trying to escape domestic violence before the lockdown started, and online coaching to prevent clients relapsing into harmful criminal behaviours. They are also helping clients to access financial support, food support, online resourcing, activities, job opportunities and more. Darren founded Streets of Growth as a result of his Churchill Fellowship.

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