As the effects of Covid and lockdown began to be seen, it was obvious that the many challenges already faced by our neighbours and community were being magnified, and the existing cracks in support networks were rapidly widening. Through the middle of 2020, Bountagu had to stop almost all of our activities, but we expanded and adapted existing projects to try and counteract this. By 2021, we had set up the Community Wellbeing subgroup (originally the ‘Covid-19 Response Project’) with the ambition to review and respond quickly to residents and businesses in the Bountagu area who had been impacted by COVID-19.
When our Over 50s Coffee Mornings stopped, volunteers organised to deliver coffees and have a chat on people’s doorsteps. When Zinfinity’s family crafting sessions were cancelled, our Little Ideas Fund stepped into allow them to happen remotely by post. When the monthly lunch club was halted, Bountagu partnered with Bread’n’Butter and St Peter’s Church to deliver meals to and check in on vulnerable people in the area every week. We partnered with Northside Youth and Community Connexions to provide free lunch packs for young people who needed them. One of the first projects was organising facemasks and hand sanitisers to 2100 households – every home in our area – along with printed leaflets signposting to the boroughwide Enfield Stands Together support network, and vouchers to be spent at a local store on groceries.