Solidarity all around in the community centres

During the first lockdown the community centres adapted their way of working at lightning speed. They played a key role for local partners, volunteers and other VGC services and joined forces with Brussels Helps and Connecting Brussels.

A sampling of the many initiatives

Some centres made their kitchen available or cooked meals themselves for vulnerable Brussels residents, while others put together craft packages and became a collection point for children’s clothing for the NASCI non-profit association. Volunteers sewed thousands of face masks.

Centres shared their outdoor spaces so that local residents could get a bit of fresh air: the terrace at Essegem community centre and the gardens of Nohva and De Kriekelaar were turned into recreational areas and playgrounds.

Essegem and Everna sent postcards to seniors’ home residents and neighbours, and magazines were turned into lockdown story collections. De Vaartkapoen community centre spoke with specialists on Radio (H)allo Corona, De Kroon made live radio broadcasts with seniors’ home residents and Essegem broadcast audio stories.

During the second lockdown, the centres once again adapted their way of working to the new reality.
 

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