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Coronavirus: Walsall community hub launches appeal for help

By James Vukmirovic | Walsall | Coronavirus | Published:

The plight of communities hit by the coronavirus outbreak in Walsall has led to an urgent appeal for donations to services.

Rafal Duslyca and Mian Lovas outside Nash Dom's community hub in Walsall

Community support and inclusion service Nash Dom CIC has issued the appeal for donations to help it raise £3,000 for essential food and hygiene products.

Nash Dom, an Eastern European and Russian-speaking community support and business development centre, is running the food bank service alongside Black Country Innovate out of a community hub in the town centre.

The food bank is open seven days a week for donations by appointment and is working to prepare food parcels from the donations given.

Founder and Director of Nash Dom, Juraj Modrak, said the £3,000 target was vital to help families who are in hardship and need during the outbreak across Walsall.

He also said the service was open to anyone in the town, not just the EU nationals and Eastern European communities who use Nash Dom's services.

He said: "We don't segregate the communities because that's not the correct approach from our perspective.

"It doesn't matter whether it's newcomers to Walsall or long-time members of the community, everybody is welcome to access our community hub.

"We have engaged with groups who used the hub previously from the black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and some of the religious groups.

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"It doesn't matter about religion, nationality or the colour of a person's skin, we are here to support every human being."

Juraj said community groups like the Nash Dom and Black Country Innovate food bank could be a driving force for people during the outbreak.

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He said: "I believe that the mainstream services are relying on us because the national policies are telling people they cannot go out and work.

"We, as a community organisation, are getting volunteers to step up within the community, and we still continue to support families and individuals across the borough, across every level.

"Our message to people is that, together, we can fight this crisis by supporting each other, particularly vulnerable people and the most in need."

To donate to the donation fund, go to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/covid19urgentappeal

To book an appointment with Nash Dom to donate food and hygiene products, call 07519 605665

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at james.vukmirovic@expressandstar.co.uk.

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