Bridge the Gap - Families in Need cic was set up by Melissa Francis at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak to meet the growing needs of families across Hackney. Many families have been left to fend for themselves during this time with little support from schools and other social services. “Bridge the gap have a passion to support families, parents, children and those with additional needs as this is something dear to our hearts. At Bridge the Gap, we believe in social inclusion and want to combat the digital divide that has left so many people with no access to information, resources and learning.” - Melissa Francis had started to provide support to local families in the beginning by: Signposting them to services for further support for Befriending also offering virtual tutoring for children. Enabling access to food banks, food hubs and hot meals, Providing information on available support schemes and youth services for children’s basic educational needs (such as http://www.hackneyquest.org.uk/
), Supporting SEN families with information through https://www.hiphackney.org.uk/home.html
Sourcing laptops and other devices for families that are not eligible for other kinds of funding, Sharing of information to families regarding benefit claims so that people are not pushed into homelessness. At the beginning of the pandemic, we worked with T’s tasty cuisine to provide 1 hot meal, food parcels and essential items every Wednesday for a short period. We continue to work alongside Hackney quest, the wickers charity, Caribeats and Connecting all communities organisation to provide care packages or a hot meal to families. Our main focus going forward is to provide laptops and other devices to families who otherwise would not be able to access them. These months of enforced homeschooling and unpredicted lockdown period have revealed the many barriers facing low-income families (incl. job losses, food insecurity, housing issues, domestic abuse, family bereavements and many more…). The closure of libraries and community cafes that were previously used for learning, job applications and other resources has further worsened this divide, with many people struggling to access information on where to get help. Many families have been left with no access to a laptop to continue their children’s learning and larger families have struggled to share one computer between parents working from home and multiple children needing access to online learning. since schools began to reopen after the first lockdown, we had still seen numerous amount of families still struggling for devices for their children till current, and even at present through this uncertain wave of numerous lockdowns, the list of referrals are rising as families desperately require a device for their children, hence our determination to continue with this project to help families. We have teamed up with tutors around different boroughs to provide online learning for children with the aim for children to be supported with learning they have missed out on. We aim to continue to support families to help make a difference to their lives.
Your generous donation can help make a difference.
£1000 can help support 10 families and their children or 7 families.
The break down per refurbished device is £85 per unit £15 for windows 10 to be installed per device equal to £100 per device and software.
For 10 families this will be £1000 required to raise to offer support.
For a new device purchased from curry's under a business rate of £150 we will only be able to support 7 families with a device.
1 X Amazon Tablet for a family in need (£50.00) Fuel costs to cover the expenses of our generous Community Helpers so they are not out of pocket. We think this is a really effective way to support families in Hackney and in other borough's that has reached out to our service, as we are offering a long-term solution to an urgent need. So far we have been able to offer 136 plus digital devices to families, and have 47 families are on the waiting list with more requests coming in. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your generous support, So Thank You! Follow us to keep updated on everything we’re doing:
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