Brussels at its best during the coronavirus crisis

Brussels helps and Connecting Brussels

Brussels residents asked for and offered each other help: that was the aim of “Brussels helps” during the first lockdown. Together with Brussels partners, the VGC lent its support to this project. The community centres also reinvented their functioning completely, in order to be there for you. During the second lockdown, we combined forces again in “Connecting Brussels”, with acts of solidarity and support for organizations.

Brussels helps-volunteers

Manuela played music for people with disabilities
© Sylvano

Manuela played music for people with disabilities

Trough 'Brussels helps', non profit association Hubbie searched for musicians to play music for their residents.
Toon did errands for vzw Hubbie
Jongeman buiten op een stoel

Toon did errands for vzw Hubbie

When Toon Wauters became unemployed for technical reasons, he started as a volunteer for the Hubbie non-profit association.
Tess made drawings for residents of the Nuance care home
© Tess

Tess made drawings for residents of the Nuance care home

Tess is 8 years old and lives in Vorst/Forest. During the spring lockdown, she could not go to school. But she took part in “Brussels helps” and drew pictures for the residents of the Nuance care home.

A selection of the many initiatives of the VGC and its partners

We distributed 2000 hygiene packages, containing soap, shampoo, detergent, tissues and hand sanitizer to people living in poverty.

Volunteers sewed 8400 face masks in community centres.

Homeless people came to shower in the sports centre on the Comenius Campus. During the summer months, they were able to join in sports in the park.

You brought massive amounts of children’s clothing to Nasci.

More than 100 volunteer bicycle couriers distributed craft and exercise packages and food packages to families living in poverty.

Vrouw aan naaimachine stikt een mondmasker
© Charlotte Schelfhout - VK

In the Jeugdcentrum Aximax (youth centre), children were able to reserve a private “play date” to play football, go walking, cycling or playing frisbee.

Five Brussels youth organisations collected more than 140,000 euros via a crowdfunding campaign to provide laptops to young people living in poverty.

With face masks, hand sanitizer and paper tissues, organisations offered coronaproof youth activities and sports camps, in bubbles of 50 children.

Paspartoe provided alternative outings with the Brussels by Water water bus. 130 underprivileged Brussels residents enjoyed a boat trip to Vilvoorde and back, with an ice cream and soft drink.

Brussels libraries set up a pick-up service, delivered books and story book packages to people’s homes or opened up a phone line for a friendly chat.

Volwassene zwaait naar twee kindjes
© Aximax

   

Kaartjes, brieven en tekeningen door elkaar.

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Services for people in vulnerable situations
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Services for people in vulnerable situations

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