With many families facing a challenging Christmas this year, we’ve teamed up with a range of community partners to provide free breakfast bags and festive Feel Good Packs to those families most in need.
We’re providing breakfast bags and Feel Good Packs to over 200 families in the communities we support, including St Ann’s and Sneinton. Each Feel Good Pack contains festive treats and activities for families including mince pies, chocolate, biscuits, stationery, soft toys, books and bath bombs, together with essentials like toilet rolls, tissues, shower gel, deodorant and hand sanitiser.
The packs are made up of donations from our local partner organisations with support from CarShop Nottingham, the leading used car retailer’s flagship store that has just opened up at Enterprise Way, Reckitt Benkiser, Church@Community, InKind Direct and Nottingham Forest Community Trust.
The Christmas Feel Good Packs were provided to families between 11-15 December with the support of our local community partners including Sneinton Tenant’s Outreach Project and Nottingham City Homes. Breakfast bags will be provided to families during the Christmas school holidays.
Recent research from the Legatum Institute estimates that almost 700,000 people in the UK, including 120,000 children, have been plunged into poverty as a result of the Covid economic crisis. That means the total number of people in the UK living in poverty has risen to over 15 million – 23% of the population.
We’re also distributing 180 This Girl Can Feel Good Packs to women aged 16+ in the area – ahead of This Girl Can’s New Year campaign encouraging women to get active. Each pack includes a wash bag and toiletries, skipping rope, stretch band, water bottle and This Girl Can goodies, funded by Active Nottingham.
As part of our period poverty campaign, we’re also offering free period products to any woman who needs them, funded by Reckitt Benkiser. Research has shown that young women in particular have struggled with their mental health during lockdown and that young people have been one of the hardest hit groups for unemployment.
Cherry Underwood, our CEO said:
“We’ve worked hard to support our communities with their wellbeing throughout this very difficult year, and have handed out a range of free Feel Good Packs during the Covid-19 restrictions, including packs for children, teenagers and young women.
“Hopefully our Christmas Feel Good Packs will mean that every child in our area can enjoy festive activities and treats this year, including those families who have been particularly hard-hit by the Covid economic crisis.
“A huge thank you to all our community partners for supporting our Feel Good Packs this year, by working together we’ve been able to make sure the packs go to those families who need them most.”