Sandra White MSP yesterday lodged a Parliamentary Motion celebrating the good works of Annexe Communities. The Partick based community centre is a long standing hub of support services and activities for all age ranges and demographics.
In response to the pandemic Annexe Communities, led by their manager, Julie Fox, did not hesitate to put themselves at risk in order to assist their most vulnerable neighbours.
The Annexe staff, supported by 23 volunteers, sprang in to action and created PATCH (Partick & Thornwood Community Help) in order to ensure no one was left behind in their community.
This service was vital for a great many local people and was with over half of those served being new referrals from housing associations, sheltered housing complexes, mental health charities and other support organisations – including younger people who were living with underlying health conditions – the reach of the good works carried out were substantial.
Supported by Fair Share, the Scottish Government, the National Lottery, local supermarkets and butchers this enabled PATCH to deliver 3,400 bags of shopping. This staggering volume of work equated to over 20,000 meals! The support offered by PATCH was not limited to food security as they also provided health and wellbeing support through information packs and regular telephone calls to those who were most vulnerable.
In order to secure national recognition for these good works Sandra White MSP lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament and has called on her colleagues, of all parties, to support it and have it formally recognised as a toke of appreciation and thanks. The motion reads as follows:
Motion Number: S5M-22721
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 15/09/2020
Title: Annexe Communities COVID-19 Response
That the Parliament acknowledges the extraordinary support offered by staff and volunteers from Annexe Communities, which is based in Partick, Glasgow, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; understands that staff and 23 volunteers immediately began coordinating the PATCH (Partick and Thornwood Community Help) scheme when the lockdown was announced on 23 March 2020; notes that this support was aimed at vulnerable and older people who had no family support, no internet access to order food online, were self-isolating or shielding and were existing Annexe Communities participants; further notes that the scheme was rapidly expanded, with over half of those served being new referrals from housing associations, sheltered housing complexes, mental health charities and other support organisations, including younger people who were living with underlying health conditions; understands that Annexe Communities received support from Fair Share, the Scottish Government, the National Lottery, local supermarkets and butchers, which enabled it to deliver 3,400 bags of shopping, equating to over 20,000 meals; acknowledges that it also provided health and wellbeing support through information packs and regular telephone calls to those who were most vulnerable; believes that the charity’s ability to adapt and respond quickly to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable during these unprecedented times demonstrates its commitment to supporting its local community and the people who live there, and thanks all those involved for their incredible efforts.