Plymouth partnership mirrors Mayflower 400 values to help those in need

Nov 24, 2020

A unique Plymouth partnership is working hard this winter to enable families and individuals living in food poverty to experience the spirit of Christmas.

The Mayflower 400: Get Active 'Spirit of Christmas' Crowdfunder appeal is guided by the Mayflower 400 values of humanity and future.

The partnership between Argyle Community Trust and Four Greens Community Trust is aiming to raise £3,000 for urgent food support in Plymouth.

This will add to the £2,500 cash already raised and donations received from local businesses to provide a minimum of 100 food and activity parcels to families and individuals most in need. The parcels will include:

  • Two weeks' worth of emergency food
  • Christmas treats such as mince pies and Christmas cake
  • Age-related activity packs to include family games, word puzzles, and a bespoke Mayflower 400 quiz.

"Never asked for a food parcel or support before in my life but have been made unemployed due to Covid and never thought my finances would spiral out of control so quickly. Find it so difficult to ask for food but if I do not my children will suffer" - parent of two children living in Whitleigh

"I am on a zero hours contract and not sure if I will have any work up until Christmas now we are back in lockdown. Living on Universal credit and hate it, but it is the only income I have at this time. The pressures of Christmas is making me feel unwell" - Young man who works in the hospitality sector from Southway.

"I am lonely anyway but now I am unable to get out the house due to my health at present it makes it even worse" - 83-year-old resident from the Barbican area of Plymouth.

Who are the partners?

Argyle Community Trust and Four Greens Community Trust started working collaboratively to deliver community sports activities as part of the Mayflower 400: Get Active programme.

This programme aims to empower the local community to improve their health and wellbeing. This is a community- and neighbourhood-focused support programme which targets those most in need and aims to improve the quality of life of the participants it reaches.

This partnership has evolved due to the need to provide emergency support to those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, this partnership has supported more than 600 families in a variety of ways to include befriending support, debt advice, emergency utilities support payments and the provision of up to 120 food parcels a week.

This appeal aligns to the partnership's commitment to improving people's lives, encouraging a spirit of giving and clearly links to the Mayflower 400 values around humanity and future.

How will the appeal do this?

  • Working with partners, such as Plymouth City Council, Barnardo's, local charities; to refer additional families and individuals most in need.
  • Using a volunteer workforce - Mayflower Makers and ACT Ambassadors to help assemble and distribute parcels.
  • Raise the additional £3,000 required through this Crowdfunder appeal.
  • Continue to advocate for the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.
  • Help spread the 'Spirit of Christmas' to those needing support.

Find out more and support the Crowdfunder appeal here.

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