Baraka Responds to Grenfell Disaster
Baraka knows many affected families and has been quick to provide assistance, as part of a community-wide response to the unprecedented disaster.
Baraka Community Association (BCA) has been deeply affected by the June 14 disaster at the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, in which so many people lost their lives. Baraka knows many affected families and has been quick to provide assistance, as part of a community-wide response to the unprecedented disaster.
Calling on its expertise in community engagement, Baraka has been able to provide tangible relief and assistance to families over the summer. This has ranged from one-to-one support for survivors of the fire in putting their lives back together, to trips out of the area for hundreds of people affected by the disaster.
As well as volunteering alongside the whole North Kensington community in the immediate aftermath of the fire, Baraka has continued its outreach work, with volunteers in place near the tower directing people to the help, advice and advocacy offered by Baraka, as well as signposting people to other effective services.
On 23 July, BCA took 140 local residents away from North Kensington to Thorpe Park for a day of enjoyment. This was followed on 4 August by an event at the Dalgarno Community Centre, attended by over 300 people, with food and fun activities for children.
Between the 14 and 18 August, Baraka held its annual residential trip to Hindleap Warren in East Grinstead. This year, the trip was expanded to accommodate more people in the wake of the disaster, and 80 children from Baraka were there to enjoy the great outdoors, a real change of scene from West London.
Additionally, Baraka took two families who survived the Grenfell fire, along with some of their close relatives, for an all-expenses paid trip to Butlins for a few days.