In 2020, we supported our community through the Coronavirus pandemic…
We delivered over 1600 emergency provision parcels to over 350 individuals and families in need.
We made over 1500 welfare calls to individuals we knew to be isolated or struggling.
We distributed 104 Christmas hampers and held two gift days from the 3,000+ donated items we received, inviting people to help themselves to gifts and food to help make Christmas that little bit easier at the end of such a tough year.
We supported over 450 individuals and families in person with advice, counselling, mentoring and signposting to address life issues and improve mental health.
We helped people facing issues including homelessness, housing, benefits, budgeting, unemployment, addiction, mental illness and domestic abuse.
“Thank you for always having the time to talk and for looking after me through this tough year.”
“It was such a relief to me after quite some time isolating and maybe becoming a bit afraid of going out and meeting people. The Craft Room has been an inspiration offering creativity, purpose and companionship through crafting. I look forward to the days when we can start our meetings again, crafting, chatting, chuckling and caring together.”
Over 65 individuals engaged with Men’s Shed and the Community Craft Room, providing meaningful activity and combating isolation.
“I don’t know what I would do without you.”
At the end of 2020, we launched a new project, Parent Hub!
In response to an increasing awareness of families struggling with a variety of issues, from children battling poor mental health and the impact of that at home, to parental separation, to families trying to access special educational needs support within education, to the effects of low income, unemployment and food poverty.
Following a survey conducted in the community, 82% of respondents felt that a parent support service would be helpful and so the Parent Hub was born!
The ICE Project…
Between January and March, the team delivered a programme of RE lessons and an interactive ‘Church in the Community’ fayre to over 400 students, providing insight into the work of Open Door and many other local churches and organisations making a difference in our community. They also logged over 3,000 visits to the Hub.
Over the course of the year, the team delivered over 150 mentoring sessions, supporting 30 students through the ICE Mentoring Program, helping with issues including anxiety, bullying, bereavement, home life, low self esteem, self harm, friendship issues, anger management, and low school attendance.
And our Haven project supported over 20 children and young people through the primary, secondary and young carers support groups, when it was possible for them to be open.
Topics covered include: Communication, Anger, Self Esteem, Relaxation, the effects of lockdown and Covid-19, what we can and can’t control, and hopes and dreams.
And on top of all that… we renovated the Open Door Centre!
Huge thanks to all our funders who helped us generate £273,777 of income and enabled us to spend £264,173 on supporting our community through the pandemic and improving our facilities for when we reopened. As of 31st December 2020, our reserves totaled £106,183, of which £100,580 is unrestricted.
To all those who have supported us with time, money, donations, encouragement and prayer – thank you.