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Funding from Clarion Futures helps community project adapt to support local people during coronavirus outbreak

Clarion Housing Group

Since the coronavirus outbreak hit, Primetime at The Vine has adapted its services to meet the needs of the local community, providing recipe cards and food boxes and facilitating online cookery classes, as well as delivering hot and cold meals to older residents.

Established in 1996, Primetime at The Vine is based in Laisterdyke in east of the city of Bradford, and runs a range of programmes to support the local community, with a focus on providing opportunities for children and young people.

Access to healthy and nutritious meals is something which the organisation has been focusing on for some time, running ‘Cook and Eat’ classes for local residents. During lockdown this has been taken online, with local families receiving a weekly food box delivered to their doorstep including raw ingredients and recipe cards. Families are encouraged to cook and eat together, with support provided by Primetime at The Vine’s team of staff and volunteers who run online ‘cookalong’ classes.

Older residents and those who are shielding have been receiving hot and cold meals, as well as weekly telephone welfare calls, activity packs and shopping support.

Up to the end of June, Primetime at The Vine has provided more than 3,000 meals to people in the local community, with demand increasing all the time.

All this has been supported by a grant from the Emergency Support Fund set up by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group which has many homes in the local area. The Fund has been created to enable the organisation to offer direct financial support to some of its longstanding partners during the coronavirus outbreak.

Rosie Dixon, Deputy CEO of Primetime at The Vine, said: “Since lockdown began, we’ve had to adapt the services we provide, making sure we’re providing the support that local people need. Our online cookalong classes have been particularly well received, and it’s great to see families cooking and eating together. We’re extremely grateful to Clarion Futures for the additional funding they’ve given us which means we can continue to be there for those in need.”

Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said: “Community groups like Primetime at The Vine make such a difference to people, especially at a time like this. We’re proud to support their vital work which is providing assistance to residents in Clarion communities in Bradford, as well as other people living locally.”

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