Established to deliver bespoke support to the vulnerable and elderly, the Erdington Covid-19 Task Force has now been rebranded in order to extend the scope of its provision and reach even more people in need.
A new community manifesto has been created to steer the Erdington Covid Task Force with partners committing themselves to seven new themes of service delivery. Candidates standing at the Erdington by-election are being encouraged to support the manifesto.
The seven themes are:
LIVING Increasing the quality of housing stock; reducing the number of HMOs, increasing the number of available affordable homes and promoting community safety.
WORKING Increasing employment opportunities; reskilling and upskilling people, supporting local businesses.
SUPPORTING Providing expert advice around finance and benefits, housing, the cost of living, energy and food.
GROWING Increasing life-opportunities for families, including education.
INVESTING Boosting the town Centre, the local business infrastructure, the environment and local transport infrastructure.
CELEBRATING The richness, diversity and talent of all in our community
A COLLECTIVE VOICE To function as an inclusive group, working collectively and collaboratively to create meaningful impact.
Afzal Hussain, Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association, which facilitates the task Force, said: “The Erdington (Covid-19) Task Force provided a crucial and rapid response to the pandemic.
“Members repurposed existing and developed new services to support our communities by mobilising hundreds of volunteers and co-ordinating vital food distribution and support activities to thousands of vulnerable residents across the constituency.
The pandemic highlighted and exacerbated deep-seated inequalities, especially poverty and economic hardship, health inequalities and digital exclusion.
“So now is the right time to refresh our partnerships and create a new settlement, which recognises and celebrates the central role of the refreshed Erdington Task Force in the life, prosperity and future of the constituency.”
To view the Manifesto click the link below.