This month, our £2,000 charity donation went to Carriers of Hope – a wonderful Coventry-based charity chosen by Head of Delivery, Saima Khan.
Carriers of Hope first started in May 2009 after noticing there were a number of asylum seekers, refugees and Eastern European migrants in the Coventry area, many of whom were experiencing extreme poverty and lacking personal and household facilities.
Initially, the charity handed out carrier bags full of useful items the families may have been missing or needing. This soon expanded into pop-up shops and support groups, where people could come along and choose the items they needed, including clothing, food, toiletries, furniture, toys and more.
The charity also runs a handful of different projects, including groups for new parents, furnishing empty houses, supporting with learning English, providing new mums with full hospital bags, toys for children and much more. They also provide home visits to identify the needs of newly arrived families.
Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants often have no choice but to leave their homes due to conflict or extreme poverty, with the hope that their journey to somewhere new will provide them with a better future. However, they often arrive in the UK with no items, clothes or money, facing backlash and struggling to find a safe space to live.
Carriers of Hope do everything in their power to support the people and families affected, as well as offering them a warm welcome to the city of Coventry. Alongside offering practical support, the charity also holds celebrations and fun events, helping bring joy and happiness to a community who have been experiencing extreme hardships and struggles.
If you'd like to read more about the charity's current projects or see how you can support and donate, please visit the Carriers of Hope website.