Welcome to our year in review.
This is our journey through 2019/20 and a look ahead to what 2021 holds for us.
2019 was the year that Heart of BS13, took stock and reviewed our achievements. Together with our board and our BS13 community members, we worked together to really look at our goals, shake them up a bit, rearrange them to reflect our ambitions and set a clear direction for the coming years. Our theory of change shows clearly how the different parts of our organisation speak to one another, promoting environmental action and social enterprise that improves health for children, young people and adults across our community.
In March as we reached the end of the financial year, the world was plunged into the Covid pandemic and we needed to change our plans to meet the needs of our community who were fast having to adapt to sudden lockdown and financial uncertainty.
By April we had launched our Covid-19 food response programme and working with organisations such as Fareshare and Fixxbikes, as well as with amazing support from donors such as Morrisons, The Quartet Community Foundation, The Martin Lewis Corona Virus Fund, Coop and the Communities Fund we have been able to cook and distribute, delicious home style cooked food to households across the BS13 postcode. To date we have sent out almost 18,000 meals and are now in the process of transforming our Covid-19 food response programme into the Real Meal Store, which is our sustainable response to tackling food insecurity in BS13.
All of our other programmes have had to adapt too. So instead of coming into the Roundhouse for our Cooking and Nutrition courses, BS13 community can join them all online.
This summer we piloted our Walk it Out, Talk it Out programme. This offered socially distanced walking and talking sessions for people struggling with their mental health and confidence post lockdown. Positive Minds continues to offer counselling and therapeutic support either via our phone line or in socially distanced settings each side of lockdown. Regular blogs from our Positive Minds team can also offer you useful insights into how to stay mentally and emotionally healthy, during this trying time.
Our Kitchen Garden Enterprise has really kicked off this year with an abundance of cut flowers that our team have designed into stunning bouquets and sold across the city. Our Kitchen Garden continues to contribute fruit and veg to our Covid-19 food response, as well as supplying the local community and selling across Bristol to people who support our enterprise. Even as we move into the winter months, the KGE is producing Christmas hampers and wreathes for sale.
And last but not least, as we launch our Community Climate Action work we very much look forward to developing partnerships with schools and young people in the community. By putting them at the front and centre of learning and responses, we help to ensure that our city is supported in tackling the climate crisis head on.
Watch our video to hear about 2019/20 and our plans for 2021.