Scaling down of SCS Project end August 2021 and continuing support

As most areas of life are re-opening and the SCS volunteers go back to previous commitments, we will be scaling down the SCS Project as a Covid-19 response at the end of August 2021, in the following way: Last main distribution of meals on Thursday 22nd July. An emergency supply of meals will be available during the school holidays from late July to end August – families can access these by emailing us on [email protected] From September onwards, SCS will continue to respond to families in particular need and/or having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 infection with free frozen meals. SCS will also distribute meals at school holidays (October half-term, Christmas, etc.) SCS will continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic situation, ready to respond as the situation develops. SCS has been an amazing journey of community involvement, with local people, churches, schools and other caring agencies across Guildford working together to give a helping hand to families in need during the pandemic. Our two churches (St Peter’s Shared Church and St John’s Stoke Church) are a continued presence in the community and also remain ready to offer ongoing support.

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Looking forwards

SCS completes the phase 2 of its meals distribution on 15th April 2021. After a two-week pause to reset, phase 3 will run from May to the summer 2021, supporting families who continue to be negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Christmas delivery and SCS into 2021

SCS delivered a Christmas-themed meal to families over the festive period, complete with dessert and custard! SCS remains committed to distributing meals to families in need as the pandemic crisis continues in 2021.

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Achieved so far

During Phase 1 of the project (April to end August 2020), SCS delivered over 16,000 meals to vulnerable families across Stoke ward, the parishes of St Peter’s Shared Church and St John’s Church Stoke, and nearby areas of Guildford. Over 180 families were supported and a team of over 80 volunteers provided the service.

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Looking Ahead

During September 2020, SCS maintained an emergency stock of meals and continued to deliver meals to a small number of families, whilst assessing ongoing needs as children returned to school. The assessment revealed rising needs as job losses take effect. In response, Phase 2 of SCS is scaling up to help address these needs, with meals provision from Thursday 8th October. Provision will be more targeted and aimed at helping families towards self-sufficiency rather than dependence, so for specific time periods (e.g. 2 weeks to help through self-isolation, 6 weeks to support while waiting for benefits, etc.) although SCS will remain alert to specific ongoing needs. As in Phase 1, families will be referred by schools links workers, pastoral teams in the churches, and other caring agencies working in the area.

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Guests at SCS

On 27th August, SCS was visited by three VIPs: the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, and the High Sheriff of Surrey, Shahid Azeem. The guests saw the project in action, went on a delivery run, and gave an address of thanks to the volunteer team.

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Referrals so far

Most referrals into SCS are from the Stoke part of Guildford and adjacent areas including the parishes of St Peter’s Shared Church, St John’s Church Stoke and St Saviour’s Church. Correspondingly, meals deliveries are being made to Bellfields, Slyfield, Stoke, central Guildford and environs. However, given that the catchment areas of our link schools and the Nursery School and Family Centre are wider than this, SCS is also distributing meals to Boxgrove, Merrow, Bushy Hill, Burpham and outlying locations such as Compton, Normandy, Clandon, West Horsely and Gomshall. Whilst SCS is focused on its core catchment areas, it remains flexible to respond to need as capacity allows.

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