Group Is Lifeline For Local Families
Colin Brent is a senior Youth Leader based at Bollo Brook Youth Centre which, in turn, comprises part of the council’s Integrated Youth Programme. Following lockdown, he took action by partnering with a local ‘civilian’ volunteer, Shereen Serry founder of the CV19 Mutual Support Group. Her energy, contacts and volunteer drivers, linked with his access to the centre, and local knowledge created a formidable team.
In addition to ‘drop in’ help for locals on the estate, the group make deliveries across West London (W3, W4 and Brentford) twice a week. Demand has steadily increased. More than 400 families and vulnerable individuals receive food packs via the youth centre.
Colin talks openly of the challenges, community spirit and the positives of diverse groups working together, which has prevailed in the face of CV19. He also references the social inequalities the pandemic has highlighted. What will we learn from this and how will it impact the future?