Since postponing our projects across the community back in March, we have been busy looking to do what we can do best to serve our city.
Now more than two months has passed, and the work has not stopped. Our volunteering partnership with FareShare has continued, with more than 750 hours now completed by members of staff from not just the Foundation, but also from the wider club.
We have had seven ex-Saints step up to help us at the Totton-based food bank, including Matt Le Tissier, James Beattie and Brian Howard. At the stadium, Southampton FC chefs have now prepared more than 10,000 meals for those who need it in our city.
Away from FareShare, our Prescription Delivery Service continues to go from strength to strength. With the support of Southampton City Council and the city’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, we are in daily contact with pharmacies across Southampton, helping get vital medication to those most vulnerable in our community.
More than 886 deliveries have now been made by 24 members of our team. Along with that, they have also made sure that more than 500 exercise books have been handed out to those older adults looking to stay active whilst unfortunately isolated.
We have also been in the ‘classroom’. Our Community Champions team, usually working within eight secondary schools in the city, have been busy engaging with more than 125 students from across the city. The Personal Development Project, a two-week virtual course with a Princes Trust qualification gained, saw great turnout online as it built students’ understanding of personal skills whilst preparing them for further education, apprenticeships or other work-based learning.
Keeping connected with our participants has been vital. More than 2,730 calls have now been made to our participants – pivotal to making sure they are healthy and staying engaged with their projects. Alongside this, 16 challenges have been launched online as well as a FIFA tournaments for Saints Kicks participants.
We may not be able to see our participants physically, but we are remaining as engaged as ever with our community and this will never stop.