naz during covid-19
The impact of COVID – 19 on us as an organisation and on our service users became very clear in the first week of the lockdown. The casework team spoke with 301 HIV positive service users in under 72 hours who were all extremely anxious about the likelihood of self-isolation, loss of income which in turn created great anxiety. There is nerviness around long term housing and the impact this would have on their economic ability to provide for themselves and other dependants inside and outside of the UK.
Since the lock-down NAZ has been actively supporting the immediate needs of clients; providing food, referrals, advice on welfare and benefits. This has been a crucial service for clients who do not have English as a first language or are not confident accessing benefits for themselves. The intensity of 1:2:1 support has been profound our early data shows there is a differential impact of the lockdown among our HIV positive, LGBT, migrant and refugee and women.
Weekly food and toiletries drop off
Case support to accessing funds, benefits and housing
Open Mic – call and speak to us about what’s on your mind
Counselling service – free counselling service
Campaigning – making sure key stakeholders are aware of the impact of COVID- 19 on our communities and are held to account on how they respond
Each week, NAZ provides culturally specific food and essential services to NAZ clients and now because of COVID – 19, to all in the community.
Thank you very much to: Wilsden Pakistani Community Centre, Brent Mosque and Muslim Hands and Adventist Development Relief Agency (A.D.R.A.) for your helping in supporting the weekly, culturally appropriate food drop to clients across London.
From June, ADRA will be working with NAZ to distribute toiletries courtesy of LUSH, they will be included in a NAZ goodie bag containing sexual health information, lube, condoms.