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Have you seen this wonderful example of adapting a service to help the local community?

Flo’s – The Place in the Park, in East Oxford, is still offering essential services for the community around Florence Park and beyond.

“In the last two months we have changed what Flo’s does to adapt to the ‘new normal’ – still providing warmth alongside the essential services.

Free meals – no one should face the virus alone. We’re providing at least 60 free meals per week to those who need it most. People stuck at home with health conditions, the elderly over 70, the vulnerably housed and single isolated parents. We’ve teamed up with other local organisations to form the OX4 Free Food Crew – together we’re providing 140 free meals per week.  Referral details HERE

The community midwives are now seeing more and more parents-to-be as GP surgeries have closed for face-to-face appointments. The midwives now have more space at Flo’s in order to allow for social distancing. It is vital that pregnant women have to visit the hospital as little as possible so we are accommodating them here.

Our Flo’s cafe are cooking nourishing and delicious meals in our cafe kitchen. Not only the 60 free meals for the most vulnerable and isolated as mentioned above, but also for everyone else. The public can pre-order and collect these affordable meals in a safe way – a crucial way to keep up the spirits, support parents working from home, and sustain Flo’s. The menu changes weekly and full details on what we’re doing to keep people safe on our webpage.

The refill shop has stayed open thanks to the amazing dedication of a mostly voluntary team who staff, stock and clean the shop – all whilst keeping a social distance and following new hygiene measures. We’ve been grateful for the popular demand and have started to open more days per week. The shop has also increased its range to include flour, dried apricots, nuts and soon olive oil – this will mean you can do more of your weekly shop in a local, safe environment.

Flo’s nursery remains open for children of key workers – our nursery team have done an amazing job at providing safe online support and fun resources as well as the normal friendly and caring physical space for those that attend.”

People, Place and Participation Ltd.
Community Benefit Society Number: 7713

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