Despite the uncertainty and challenging times presented to us all, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, Crawley Town Community Foundation has risen to the occasion in supporting those in need within the local community.
At the beginning of the year, we were proud to announce we had won Ignition’s Community Club of the Year Award for 2020, and after the first lockdown in March, we have been supporting the community, with ages ranging from 2 – 100 years old, through our various initiatives and programmes.
The Community Development team worked closely with our Extra Time Hubs participants, hosting virtual coffee mornings twice a week with activities including quizzes, seated exercised and ‘Sporting Memories’ breakout rooms.
Towards the end of the first Lockdown, Crawley Town Community Foundation joined 31 EFL Clubs in delivering “Tackling Loneliness Together”.
This programme was created to ensure older members of the community are not isolated throughout the pandemic, with the delivery of a variety of different Covid-19 safe activities, to support the mental wellbeing of participants.
These activities include:
· Befriending Phone Calls
· Garden Gate Visits
· Newsletters and Puzzle Packs
· Online Sessions
· Walk & Talk Sessions
The team have also supported past and present Premier League Kicks participants, through online FIFA tournaments and Instagram competitions. In partnership with Pizza Hut Crawley, we were able to offer a pizza prize for all competition winners throughout the lockdown period.
The Schools and Football Development team were also working hard, developing different ways to help their participants. During the first lockdown, the team sent out packs to our Elite & Development, Mini Reds & Saturday Soccer Centres participants to bring the training to them, keeping them active at home.
As well as delivering PSHE/ Targeted intervention sessions to our U10 Elite and Development players. With topics from our PLPS sessions including ‘My Wellbeing’ and ‘My Goals’. Getting the opportunity to take part in activities such as group discussion, PLPS worksheets, creating newspaper articles and setting their own lockdown & future goals.
As a result of all the hard work, this year we were named Crawley Community Awards, Crawley Community Group of the Year for 2020.
As well as the Crawley Community Awards recognition, we are also proud to announce the Foundation has been named ‘Crawley Coronavirus Community Champion’.
This recognition by Henry Smith, MP is again, testament to the hard work from all aspects of the Foundation, which has supported the wider community throughout the lockdown periods, specifically Tackling Loneliness Together.
We would like to thank you, our participants and partners for your continued support throughout the year, as we seek to continue to provide support to the communities of Crawley and the surrounding areas.
If you would like more details about the programmes and services we run to get involved with or would like to view our 2019/20 Annual Review, please visit our website for an online copy - https://www.ctcommunityfoundation.com/
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