Mental health charity – Il Faro Della Vita http://ilfarodellavita.com/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 02:38:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ilfarodellavita.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Mental health charity – Il Faro Della Vita http://ilfarodellavita.com/ 32 32 Harmony House is here to help https://ilfarodellavita.com/harmony-house-is-here-to-help/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 02:38:08 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/harmony-house-is-here-to-help/ Harmony House provides a support system for those who have struggled with mental illness and addiction and has existed for over 30 years in Warren County. Peer Support Center Director Charity Perry runs Harmony House in McMinnville and has a special connection to the center. “We’re here for anyone who has been or is currently […]]]>

Harmony House provides a support system for those who have struggled with mental illness and addiction and has existed for over 30 years in Warren County. Peer Support Center Director Charity Perry runs Harmony House in McMinnville and has a special connection to the center.

“We’re here for anyone who has been or is currently in recovery from mental health or addiction issues,” she said. “So as peers or people with learned experiences, we have a kind of symbiotic relationship. They help us, we help them.

Harmony House is not a clinical organization but rather a peer support center where someone struggling can relax, connect and learn more about mental health. Perry said the nonprofit provides opportunities for growth, has support groups, runs mental health and addictions classes, and does community service.

“Of course, we socialize. That’s what we’re doing right now. They’re in there playing cards and watching TV,” Perry added. The center regularly sees around 5 to 15 people, but Perry said he’s seen around 35 people this year. With board games, a TV and exercise equipment, the center is full of social opportunities. “The air hockey table is pretty popular,” Perry said.

“I’m working on getting a younger crowd here,” Perry said. “Unfortunately, many mental health and addiction issues develop before the age of 24.” The facility now has video games and internet access for visitors to Harmony House to try to encourage young people who are also struggling with mental health and addiction issues.

Before the pandemic, Perry opened what she called the “Chore Store” which is an area in the center with hygiene products and clothing offered to regular visitors. “Originally, a lot of stuff came out of the Nashville Community Resource Center. They had a lot of donations back then, like from Cracker Barrel and Pottery Barn. We ended up by a lot of luck,” Perry said. These random items are usually used for prizes in games.

Harmony House is a peer support center that works with Cheer Mental Health as part of the Voluntary Behavioral Health Care System. Johnson Mental Health Center Director of Community Outreach, Jed Mascon, also under Volunteer Behavioral Health, visited Harmony House and praised the center, saying, “What a group of us have been witness, by Charity and her team, was a true concept of compassion and how this simple gesture in life can play such an important role for those who struggle lifelong with mental health. He continued, “It’s amazing what’s going on inside this little building that allows people to lead productive lives. In fact, there is a member who has been going to the Maison de l’harmonie for 27 years.

Harmony House is located at 605 Red Road. If you have mental health or addiction issues, visit Cheer Mental Health at 120 Omni Drive or call 473-9649.

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Nursery World Awards 2022 – Community Support https://ilfarodellavita.com/nursery-world-awards-2022-community-support/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 00:56:46 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/nursery-world-awards-2022-community-support/ You can download the digital book of awards here Cherubs Nurseries wanted to become a bigger part of the communities it serves to ensure everyone can benefit from its work and give back to local people. All nurseries participate in regular events planned by their Community Life Champion and supported by the team throughout the […]]]>

You can download the digital book of awards here

Cherubs Nurseries wanted to become a bigger part of the communities it serves to ensure everyone can benefit from its work and give back to local people.

All nurseries participate in regular events planned by their Community Life Champion and supported by the team throughout the year.

Weekly visits to residential homes allow children to spend time with residents, who reciprocated before the pandemic, by attending afternoon teas at the facilities. Even during the pandemic, nurseries managed to stay in touch via Zoom and children delivered Christmas cards. The bonds that are formed during these visits enhance children’s time in the nursery, and staff observe the development of social skills as children learn a new language and are exposed to a range of new experiences. Meanwhile, residents look forward to visits and enjoy interacting with children and participating in activities.

Facilities also participate in regular community cleanups, providing experiential learning that will help children grow up understanding how to care for the world around them.

Throughout the year, nurseries raise funds for various charities, and parents and staff designate a charity partner as the focus of effort for that year. With the support of staff, parents and families, Cherubs has donated over £60,000 to causes including Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, Theodora Children’s Charity and YoungMinds Mental Health Charity.

More recently, the nurseries have held events such as bingo, baking and Easter egg hunts to raise money for this year’s charity partner, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid. Staff have also worked hard to raise awareness about domestic violence and let staff and parents know that nurseries are safe spaces. Earlier this year, all staff completed J9 training which aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and help survivors access support safely by training professionals and community members to recognize domestic violence and respond to survivors.

Every year, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Cherubs organizes a donation campaign to support the mental health charity Mind. Staff and parents are encouraged to donate second-hand clothes or small household items that can have a second life, and the crèche collects around 200 bags a year. The nurseries also collect food and supplies for local food banks and soup kitchens each Christmas.

Community support has been developed and carefully integrated into nursery practice since 2017. Staff and families always look forward to the next event, which is shared on the dedicated nursery board.

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Traquinas Nursery, Norfolk

Traquinas staff take pride in raising funds for charity and helping families. A clothing bank and food bank have been set up during the pandemic, available outside of the setting.

The executive also made a donation to Ukraine, collecting items such as toiletries, clothes and shoes from parents, as well as four beds the nursery no longer needs. Staff sorted the donations and a local man agreed to transport the collection to Ukraine.

The staff offers fundraising ideas, from Easter and Christmas photo shoots to bake sales and walks. All the money raised goes to charities that the parents have been able to use, such as local hospices. The nursery has also raised funds to provide parents staying in the local hospital’s pediatric ward with bags full of essentials like phone chargers and toothpaste.

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GNG Nursery, Smethwick

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CRITERIA

Open to early years settings and services that have involved staff, parents and children in projects to support charities or the local/wider community.

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Making mental health and wellbeing a global priority starts at home in October https://ilfarodellavita.com/making-mental-health-and-wellbeing-a-global-priority-starts-at-home-in-october/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 06:23:09 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/making-mental-health-and-wellbeing-a-global-priority-starts-at-home-in-october/ Mental Health Ireland explains how to get involved this World Mental Health Month Mental Health Ireland is running an interactive campaign in October aimed at protecting and improving mental health in communities, schools and workplaces across the country. October is World Mental Health Month, with World Mental Health Day taking place on October 10. This […]]]>

  • Mental Health Ireland explains how to get involved this World Mental Health Month

Mental Health Ireland is running an interactive campaign in October aimed at protecting and improving mental health in communities, schools and workplaces across the country.

October is World Mental Health Month, with World Mental Health Day taking place on October 10. This year’s theme, defined by the World Health Organization, is “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority”.

Mental Health Ireland brings this global campaign to Irish communities with a program of events, training opportunities and a national webinar to launch their new workplace policy and toolkit.

Throughout the month of October, individuals, groups and organizations can attend training events, connected cafes as well as fundraising events held in their communities.

Learn more https://worldmentalhealthmonth-mhi.ie/

CEO Martin Rogan said:

Every October 10, World Mental Health Day, we celebrate how far we have come and take this key opportunity to highlight where we continue to improve national awareness and understanding of mental health. We are proud to bring this global campaign to Irish communities in October.

In line with our three-year strategy, Mental Health for All, Hope-Force-Actionthis year’s theme focuses on mental health as a global priority because we all have mental health and Mental Health Ireland strives to make it as important a priority as physical health, he said .

Deputy Chief Executive Catherine Brogan added: “This year we have created a bespoke website dedicated to World Mental Health Month which allows easy access and navigation to promote the program of ongoing events and activities. . We are excited to see that community groups, schools, colleges and workplaces are already making their plans to mark the month by getting involved. We have a wide range of resources and packs to download and purchase and all funds raised will help us continue to strengthen and grow mental health in our communities”

As October is Mental Health Awareness Month, the charity will continue its work to protect and improve mental health and reduce stigma throughout the year through its mental health associations led by volunteers and national campaigns such as Blossom and Hello how are you?

To get involved and support mental health this October, visit https://worldmentalhealthmonth-mhi.ie/ or email [email protected]

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About Mental Health Ireland

Founded in 1966, Mental Health Ireland is the oldest mental health charity in Ireland. Throughout our history, we and mental health associations have played a central role in reshaping the way the public understands mental health challenges, giving practical expression to national policy goals. We have development workers across the country who link with our network of mental health associations, volunteers and community groups, promoting mental health and supporting recovery in their communities. Mental Health Ireland is now also the employer of people working in recovery education and peer-led community services across the country. www.mentalhealthireland.ie


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Medicaid fast-tracks PPI for nursing facilities https://ilfarodellavita.com/medicaid-fast-tracks-ppi-for-nursing-facilities/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:34:32 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/medicaid-fast-tracks-ppi-for-nursing-facilities/ Carry: Medicaid eligibility reassessments are expected to begin in early 2023, but the impact will first be felt on OLS, behavioral health; much less SNF Editor’s note: hedge eye Health Policy Analyst Emily Evans explores health policy in a post-Covid world. For further research and analysis, click to learn more about Unplugged […]]]>

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Medicaid eligibility reassessments are expected to begin in early 2023, but the impact will first be felt on OLS, behavioral health; much less SNF



Editor’s note: hedge eye Health Policy Analyst Emily Evans explores health policy in a post-Covid world. For further research and analysis, click to learn more about Unplugged health policy.

As President Joe Biden told 60 Minutes on Sunday, the “pandemic is over,” it’s time to take the implications of the end of the public health emergency a little more seriously.

There are a host of waivers that must be revoked, such as the three-day hospital stay required for Medicare admission to a skilled nursing facility. However, returning Medicaid eligibility determinations is a priority.

There are about 89 million people enrolled in Medicaid, about 25 million more than before the pandemic. Of this increase, part – our estimate is around 10 million – has other insurance.

Because Medicaid is the payor of last resort, MCOs receive PMPM payments with no associated benefit costs. Upon commencement of unlisting, these “all-margin” PMPM payments will be phased out over 18-24 months. Unenrollment of people with other insurance will be done upfront in most states, as their eligibility verification can be done on a “no touch” basis by reviewing things like federal income tax withholding .

Conventional wisdom suggests redeterminations will increase the rate of the uninsured, contributing to bad debts and charitable care.

However, given that the supply of labor remains limited at the moment and that part of the 25 million registrations in the era of the pandemic have other sources of insurance coverage, we do not probably won’t see what you might otherwise expect.

The MCOs argue that they will convert Medicaid beneficiaries into members of the ACA exchange plan. This will depend on the state as some believe the law does not allow this practice, but there should definitely be some of it.

The way to think about the impact of opting out of Medicaid is that it will affect MCOs first. After that, the biggest beneficiary was the behavioral health sector, as states stepped up their efforts to meet the significant demand for mental health services; use enhanced FMAP in some cases to make Medicaid patients more financially viable.

The PPI series for payers by service area suggests that hospitals and nursing facilities will be less affected. The connection in the PPI series for nursing homes from June suggests longer stays in nursing homes and more acute patients, as prices are quite sticky. Alleviating labor shortages is likely also a factor

We expect the PHE to persist through the end of the year – the White House would like to put the mid-terms behind them before risking an increase in the uninsured – and could last well into 1Q. Generally, everyone should be ready for the sauce to end in early 2023.

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Mental health of young Australians improving despite COVID-19 https://ilfarodellavita.com/mental-health-of-young-australians-improving-despite-covid-19/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 22:39:51 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/mental-health-of-young-australians-improving-despite-covid-19/ Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians has improved dramatically, according to new analysis by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU). Over the past two years, the ANU Center for Social Research and Methods has conducted several rounds of a COVID Impact Surveillance Survey to examine the effect […]]]>

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians has improved dramatically, according to new analysis by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU).

Over the past two years, the ANU Center for Social Research and Methods has conducted several rounds of a COVID Impact Surveillance Survey to examine the effect of the pandemic on key subgroups of the Australian population.

In much-needed good news, its latest survey of more than 3,500 people found that Australians aged 18-24 feel more positive about their lives and their future and experience less psychological distress.

“We found a large and significant turnaround in the number of young Australians who said their lives and wellbeing were improving, particularly compared to Australians aged 45 to 64,” says the co-author of the report. study, Professor Nicholas Biddle, Associate Director of the ANU Center for Social. Research and methods.
“More than two in three (67.4%) of young Australians said their life had improved over the past 12 months. This was also the age group with the greatest improvement in life satisfaction. regard to life since our April 2022 survey.
“We also found a 5% drop in psychological distress among Australians aged 18 to 24. This is the age group reporting the largest drop in psychological distress.”


Read more: Mental health problems are the most common long-term health problems in Australia.


These levels of psychological distress, while still higher than pre-pandemic levels, are far lower than in 2020 when COVID-19 first took hold in Australia.

And although young Australians continued to have the highest level of psychological distress of any age group, compared to pre-COVID levels, this remains encouraging news according to Biddle.

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“Young people have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, particularly in terms of their economic security, future prospects, mental health and wellbeing,” he explains. -he. “It is therefore encouraging to see that the majority of young Australians say they are feeling much better than 12 months ago, even though they still face continued pandemic pressures.”

The researchers collected longitudinal data from a series of surveys of the same group of individuals, just before COVID-19, and then eleven times since COVID began to impact Australia.

Overall, they found that levels of life satisfaction have steadily increased since January 2022, and levels of psychological distress have also steadily decreased between October 2021 and August 2022, for all Australians.


Read more: Seeking mental health and addictions help doesn’t stop people from going back to jail.


“In May 2020, around half of Australians thought their life was worse (51.3%), including 6.5% who thought it was much worse,” says Biddle. “In August 2022, only around one in five Australians thought their life had gotten worse in the 12 months since August 2021, with just 3.9% believing their life had gotten much worse.

“And in October 2021, 27.2% of adult Australians said they felt hopeless at least some of the time. By August 2022, that figure had fallen to 22.3%, a drop of around 981,000 Australian adults.

But according to Biddle, that does not mean Australia is back to pre-pandemic levels of wellbeing and mental health.

“Life satisfaction was lower in August 2022 than in October 2019. There are also even more Australians who have high levels of psychological distress,” he explains. “However, wellbeing and mental health outcomes have improved over the past few months as lockdown conditions have eased significantly, and despite high case numbers.”



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Help us take a step in the right direction https://ilfarodellavita.com/help-us-take-a-step-in-the-right-direction/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 20:35:34 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/help-us-take-a-step-in-the-right-direction/ Hello, my name is Ezekiel. I am a senior at OPRF High School and Executive Director of A Step in the Right Direction, a student organization that aims to walk 5,000,000 steps (2,500 miles) for mental health on Sunday, September 25. I would like to share with you some information about this challenge. A little […]]]>

Hello, my name is Ezekiel. I am a senior at OPRF High School and Executive Director of A Step in the Right Direction, a student organization that aims to walk 5,000,000 steps (2,500 miles) for mental health on Sunday, September 25. I would like to share with you some information about this challenge.

A little over a year ago, my friend Jackson and I walked 100,000 steps in one day and raised $15,000 for mental health charities NAMI and Thrive, so we decided to expand on this idea this year. But instead of walking alone, we created an event where everyone is invited to walk and log their steps on our website during the day of the event. I reached out to five people in now partner cities across the country where students are marching for the cause. These coordinators are in charge of their locations and we set a national collective goal of 5,000,000 steps in those 24 hours.

Locally in Oak Park, we were able to reserve a physical location for this walk. The high school has agreed to provide us with the outdoor track on rue du lac starting at 5:30 p.m. (probably until 7:30 p.m.) so we will be hosting an event with tables, food, etc. to raise awareness, fundraise, and raise calves for mental health.

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Estate agent Strutt & Parker takes on 140-mile rowing challenge in support of Mind and Friends of Pangbourne Primary School https://ilfarodellavita.com/estate-agent-strutt-parker-takes-on-140-mile-rowing-challenge-in-support-of-mind-and-friends-of-pangbourne-primary-school/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/estate-agent-strutt-parker-takes-on-140-mile-rowing-challenge-in-support-of-mind-and-friends-of-pangbourne-primary-school/ A man from Pangbourne is currently rowing 140 miles on the River Thames to raise money for a local parent-teacher association and mental health charity. Tom Waltham, an estate agent who works at Strutt & Parker, started his challenge in Lechlade-on-Thames in the Cotswolds on Monday and will end it tomorrow (Friday) at Tower Bridge […]]]>

A man from Pangbourne is currently rowing 140 miles on the River Thames to raise money for a local parent-teacher association and mental health charity.

Tom Waltham, an estate agent who works at Strutt & Parker, started his challenge in Lechlade-on-Thames in the Cotswolds on Monday and will end it tomorrow (Friday) at Tower Bridge in London.

Mr Waltham passed through Pangbourne on Tuesday evening, where he was greeted with cheers and support from friends and colleagues, as well as pupils and staff at Pangbourne Primary School.

Mr Waltham prepares for the 140 mile challenge

He has currently raised £1,451 for Friends of Pangbourne Primary School (FOPPS) and Mind.

He said: “It has been an incredibly difficult year for so many people.

Mr Walhtam with supporters in Pangbourne on Tuesday
Mr Walhtam with supporters in Pangbourne on Tuesday

“With the ongoing pandemic, the cost of living rising at such a rapid rate and the current crisis in Ukraine, it is likely that even more people will struggle to stay positive.

“Supporting Mind, a charity that aims to provide help and support to anyone with a mental health issue, seems fitting.

Mr. Waltham leaving Wednesday morning
Mr. Waltham leaving Wednesday morning

“We also chose to support FOPPS because Strutt & Parker Pangbourne have worked closely with them for about a year now.

“It is important that every child has the best possible start and FOPPS is working hard to ensure that Pangbourne Primary School can provide this for its pupils.”



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Vancouver Charity Helps Close B.C. Child Hunger Gap https://ilfarodellavita.com/vancouver-charity-helps-close-b-c-child-hunger-gap/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 20:53:20 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/vancouver-charity-helps-close-b-c-child-hunger-gap/ The first full week of the new school year is over and the children are excited to enjoy their days off. But for the thousands of children across the province who face food insecurity and depend on school lunch programs, weekends can mean days of hunger. Vancouver-based charity Backpack Friends helps fill long gaps where […]]]>

The first full week of the new school year is over and the children are excited to enjoy their days off.

But for the thousands of children across the province who face food insecurity and depend on school lunch programs, weekends can mean days of hunger.

Vancouver-based charity Backpack Friends helps fill long gaps where food availability is uncertain. But due to various challenges, they are seeking help from the community to continue feeding children in need.

“Hidden hunger lives in your neighborhood this back-to-school season,” Emily-Anne King, co-executive director and co-founder of Backpack Buddies, told Daily Hive. “Right now, food inflation is at its highest level in 40 years, at almost 10% year-on-year. It hits children and families harder because they are already exhausted. We recently spoke to parents who sometimes skip meals to make sure their children have food.

“The phone is constantly ringing at Backpack Buddies from new schools, communities and families looking for help feeding hungry children this fall.”

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According to King, at least one in five children in British Columbia faces food insecurity. During the pandemic, the number rose to one in three.

Backpack Buddies helps approximately 4,500 children each week by discreetly providing them with food bags every Friday. The bags contain enough meals and snacks for the weekend and beyond so that beneficiaries return to school fed and ready to learn.

“Food insecurity has a profound impact on children’s lives,” King explained. “Children who come to class hungry can lose up to two hours of productivity per school day and make slower progress in math, reading and comprehension. They also have poorer physical and mental health than their peers Persistent hunger can set a child back for life.

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Joanne Griffiths (left), co-founder of Backpack Buddies, and Emily-Anne King (backpackbuddiesbc/Instagram)

Backpack Buddies began in 2012 when King and his mother Joanne Griffiths teamed up to provide 20 backpacks full of food to children in East Vancouver. Over the next decade, they expanded to work with over 230 distribution partners – including over 200 schools – across the province.

“We realize that children who receive support never feel isolated and that no one feels there is anything wrong or wrong with their family’s situation,” Backpack Buddies said. on their website.

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The basic organization is now seek help to continue its important work in ensuring that children no longer face weekend hunger.

“Rising prices are also putting pressure on Backpack Buddies. Inflation means more kids are hungry and it’s even harder to help,” King explained. “Our monthly food bill has gone up by over $7,000 a month for the past eight months or so.

“Oatmeal, for example, recently jumped 14% and rice cups recently rose almost 10%. We also had increases on staples like Kraft cups and Jello last month. , and we have been warned by suppliers that further increases this fall are inevitable.

Backpack Buddies has also seen a huge increase in the cost of delivering food to children in BC.

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“Fuel prices have come down a bit, but they are still very expensive and we need fuel to transport food across the province,” King added. “Our prices have skyrocketed from $850 per month in 2020 to around $1,800 per month in September. In other words, the cost of fuel to deliver a single bag of food to a hungry child has more than doubled in two years.

There are many ways to support the association in its missionincluding joining The Friday Club monthly giving program, shopping at its Nourish & Flourish online marketplace, and hosting a virtual food drive.

“We have always been proud of our community. From schools to donors, staff to volunteers, we are a grassroots organization and recognize the power of our collective action,” Backpack Buddies said on its website.

For more information, visit backpackbuddies.ca.

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UK charities have done all they can to help desperate people. What is Trus going to do? | Gordon Brown https://ilfarodellavita.com/uk-charities-have-done-all-they-can-to-help-desperate-people-what-is-trus-going-to-do-gordon-brown/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 19:19:00 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/uk-charities-have-done-all-they-can-to-help-desperate-people-what-is-trus-going-to-do-gordon-brown/ NOTnot only are the country’s poor now being pushed beyond their limits, but so are the country’s charities. Just as many breadwinners are struggling to afford their bread, there are now food banks worried about running out of food. Preparing for an unprecedented winter wave of need, our voluntary sector must be innovative – and […]]]>

NOTnot only are the country’s poor now being pushed beyond their limits, but so are the country’s charities. Just as many breadwinners are struggling to afford their bread, there are now food banks worried about running out of food.

Preparing for an unprecedented winter wave of need, our voluntary sector must be innovative – and fast. In the face of increasing deprivation in the local community where I grew up, the family center I volunteer at pioneered the bank of banks: a food bank, bedding bank, clothing bank, toiletries bank, furniture bank, hygiene bank, and a baby bank, all rolled into one. In just eight months it has grown from one of the smallest charities in the county, with a turnover of £500,000 a year and 30 staff, to one of the largest, with a turnover of business of £5 million in goods. Benefiting from a unique agreement to receive surplus items donated by Amazon’s local warehouse and supported by the Co-op, Scotmid and 12 local businesses, it now works with 500 organizations nearby – charities, food banks, schools, centers health and social work teams – who were able to supply 35,000 Fife families with 230,000 goods, ranging from tinned food, nappies, toilet paper and children’s clothing to quilts, kettles, microwaves and beds.

Now stocks are being built up to prepare for the biggest surge in demand of all – for blankets, sleeping bags and hot water bottles, as families forego heating their homes and focus on their own heating. But this central warehouse does more than distribute goods. In addition to delivering paint, wallpaper, rugs and furnishings to families who can no longer afford basic housekeeping, a local team of volunteer painters, plumbers and electricians is now incorporated to help renovate and improve homes. Plans are currently being discussed for a shop that will lend free power and mechanical tools for do-it-yourself repairs, while help is extended from home to gardens and planting vegetable gardens.

With its breakfast clubs, after-school clubs and mothers and toddler groups now complemented by a pioneering dads club, grannies club and its own team of mental health counsellors, the family center is like so many other charities I know – endlessly creative in helping families do more with less, and I’m constantly impressed by the selfless support offered by local businesses, from the struggling individual electric company to the largest supermarket.

Yet caregivers and social workers at the family center know that, however inventive and expansive, these already Herculean efforts will not be enough to prevent misery this winter. At best, all this charitable aid that has been pulled together locally can bring an extra £10m to Fife’s poorest families this year. But those extra millions cannot make up for the £76m the same families are missing out on compared to last year.

Indeed 35,000 Fife families lost over £30m after Universal Credit was cut by £20 a week last October, and are still short of £46m because benefits have only risen by 3 per cent while inflation drives up their weekly bills by more than 10%. And that year-on-year shortfall is just a fraction of the £200million that Fife Council estimates has been lost to 35,000 families due to cuts in benefits since 2010.

For 75 years the British welfare state, unlike the United States, has stepped up where and when the need is greatest. But now, due to economic austerity, it is not the social security system but the food banks that have become the lifeline for families in need. And it is no longer universal credit but charity that is their last resort.

This is why Keir Starmer requested a energy price freeze and additional discounts for low-income families, including reduced charges on prepaid meters.

What we already know about our new Prime Minister Liz Truss’ multi-billion energy package suggests he is unlikely to do enough to prevent extreme poverty this winter unless there is additional provisions for low-income families. This will not undo the failure of the price-based Universal Credit increase, nor will it solve the limitations of Rishi Sunak’s summer lump sum payment of £650, which was only £2.60 per week each for a couple with three children, leaving shortly after paying fuel bills for food, cell phones, TV license, travel, children’s clothes, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Indeed, our threadbare official safety net has been so violently torn apart over the past 12 years that to research from Loughborough University shows child benefits this year will only cover half of essential living costs. It’s no wonder my local food bank has already run a £28,000 deficit this year as calls for help have increased by 50%.

With these last lines of defense now shattered and charities on the brink of breaking point, only government has the resources to end the untold suffering caused by unpaid bills and unmet needs. On Tuesday, Truss traveled the country to Balmoral and back. There is desperation in the communities she has flown over but is unlikely to ever visit. There is fear in the eyes of people she and her ministers will never meet. For throughout our country there is suffering they do not see, difficulties they do not hear and pain – and yet they are missing out.

From Covid to conflict, we have always relied on some of the lowest earners – caregivers, nurses, paramedics, our armed forces – to show up in an emergency. Now is the time for the government to show up for them. Only action to resuscitate our national mission to end child and pensioner poverty can bring together a country that is increasingly divided and desperate. As is often the case, doing the right thing is a matter of political will, and no one doubts Truss’ determination. In the worst of times, she must now deliver for the best and most urgent causes. And if instead it is determined to be irresolute in the fight against growing poverty, honest people will devote their energies to assembling an unprecedented national coalition of churches and religious groups, charities and activists anti-poverty, local elected officials and mayors to change it bothers. Change is coming. It’s time for her to replace desolation with hope.

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Over €40,000 raised to support national charities https://ilfarodellavita.com/over-e40000-raised-to-support-national-charities/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:53:19 +0000 https://ilfarodellavita.com/over-e40000-raised-to-support-national-charities/ More than €40,000 has been raised for three Irish charities following the eighth Ultra Cycle, which came to a close last weekend after ambitious cyclists crossed the finish line. The group of ultra-cyclists led by Alan Heaney, a farming business owner and part-time farmer based in Co. Mayo, rode 9,800 miles in 29 days, through […]]]>

More than €40,000 has been raised for three Irish charities following the eighth Ultra Cycle, which came to a close last weekend after ambitious cyclists crossed the finish line.

The group of ultra-cyclists led by Alan Heaney, a farming business owner and part-time farmer based in Co. Mayo, rode 9,800 miles in 29 days, through five different countries and eight different charity cycles to present – 338 km each day and only 200 km under the 10k mark.

While donations to fundraising remains open until the end of SeptemberAt the moment, the Ultra Cycle group has raised €267,000 across all its charity cycles so far.

This year mental health charity Turn2Me; the Mayo Foundation and Roscommon Hospice; and Hooves4Hospice will receive 100% of all donations as the entire event is self-funded.

Ultra cycle

The ultra-cyclists began their four-day, 1,100km journey along Ireland’s Ancient East last Wednesday (August 24), cycling from Derry City to Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Speaking after the event, the Ultra Cycle organizer said Agriland on the successful cycle, full of spectacular scenery and very good weather from start to finish.

“Although the days were very long, they were also extremely enjoyable as many people joined us along the way. However, the Ultra Cycle was still difficult as there were a lot of hills along the southeast and south coast.

“The last day in particular was very hot and very hilly, but we still managed to reach our destination on time and on schedule,” Heaney said.

Click below to watch a recap of the eighth Ultra Cycle.

On day three, the adventure cyclists were joined by the farming industry on their 265km journey to Wexford, including volunteers from Auctus; Glanbie; Alltech; and MSD Animal Health.

The main sponsors this year again were Agriland MediaLely and Efficient Farm Solutions.

Funds raised will help build a new hospice in the Midlands, which Co. Laois, Westmeath, Longford and Offaly badly need, said Pat Lawlor of Hooves for Hospice.

Turn2Me CEO Fiona O’Malley said that at the height of the pandemic, demand for their mental health services increased by 386%. She added:

“As a small charity, donations from fundraisers like this Ultra Cycle are truly lifesaving and make a huge difference in the services we can provide for people dealing with depression, anxiety, bereavement or relationship issues.

The charity cycle is also key to funding palliative care services in the community and at Co. Mayo and Roscommon Hospices, added Martina Jennings, chief executive of the Mayo and Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

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