Along with the rapid adjustment to provide a Covid-response for people in the greatest need, Lunch Positive has also adapted and continued, where measures allow, its pre-Covid core work and undertaken many new developments that will continue during 2021 and beyond.
Gary Pargeter, Service Manager at Lunch Positive, said: “We were delighted to contribute to this important report that reflects on the impact of Covid during 2020, and to share our work during this most challenging year.
“As a very small charity, actively working with volunteers and on a shoestring budget, it is a fantastic example of the contributions that the voluntary sector makes to the health and lives of people with HIV. We are an authentic grassroots charity, community-based, with the people we serve always at the absolute heart of everything we do.
“This year has been exceptionally tough for many people and we’re pleased to have reached and supported so many whose needs have been wide ranging and diverse. In addition to the essential supply of food to people with need, we have continued to support people through times of loneliness and anxiety, emotional distress and often poor mental health. Our volunteers in all their roles have been truly amazing, giving more time this year than ever before. Our work has grown, and we are deeply grateful to service users, volunteers, friends and supporters, and partner organisations.