Here & Now
Much of Government policy tackles poverty through employment initiatives and welfare advice and guidance. However there are families in the Family Zone of schools who do not have access to employment or public funding. In addition some families who do have access, do not have the necessary skills or qualifications. Becoming employable and then employed can take a long time for many individuals and meanwhile their children are damaged by poverty and fall behind their own potential. Therefore Here and Now, as the name suggests, seeks to provide immediate alleviation of those circumstances, assisting the whole family. It enables the student to function equally with their peers who are in better circumstances.
Project objectives are:
To identify the Family Zone children who do not have access to food, clothing, safe accommodation and basic equipment
Develop a ‘menu’ of short/medium term solutions to poverty in the here and now
Establish sustainable funding
Document the learning from the Here and Now project
Raise awareness of the situation and the Here and Now project politically
Our priority has been to provide basic essentials and have developed a food store within MCA & MCPA which provides weekly food parcels for those who need this additional support. We have developed partnerships with both His Church and Audacious Church which have enabled us to offer this out on an emergency basis with one off food parcels for families attending other Family Zone schools.
A further partnership with St Joseph’s project has enabled us to support some families with the purchase of furniture such as a bed or fridge.
We also offer weekly Apply Online drop-in sessions, which provide a lap top and internet access for those who need it to apply for benefits, jobs or housing. One to one support and information is also on hand at these sessions.