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Centre activities were greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Our regular Sunday Bhajans were stopped due to the closure of our venue – Soar valley College – from Sunday 15 March 2020. We sent a message to all our devotees to inform them of the actions we were taking and how we continued with our regular activities plus new activities we took on during this time – click here to see the Centre Activities in 2020
Virtual Classes for SSE children
Virtual Classes – We organised virtual SSE lessons for our SSE Children. If you are interested in participating – email us for more information.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Due to the very strict restrictions during the national lockdown from beginning of the year, it was agreed that we wouldn’t subject our volunteers to risk of coronavirus, to provide the meals on wheels service to our guests, for a first few weeks in 2021, and we made temporary arrangements with other suppliers during this period.
STAY IN TOUCH CALLS
We were conscious that we needed to have a plan to keep in touch and support the elderly in our centre who will be the most isolated at this time. We agreed on a plan to make calls every week (at least once a week) to assess any special requirements they may have and would provide any shopping needs – for food items & medication.
Experience to date has shown that this is a very beneficial service (for both the volunteers & the guests), and our guests have appreciated the calls.
VIRTUAL STUDY CIRCLES
Despite the current lockdown position due to Covid-19 our centre activities have continued with vigour and without much interruptions. Vijayanbhai and Jaybhai, our spiritual coordinators, have carried out virtual study circle sessions during April and May. These sessions have been carried out via Google Hangouts on Sunday evenings. Average weekly attendance ranged from 10-12 per session and the subject under discussion was Unity.
Sincere thanks goes to our devotees for
a) taking part in the regular weekly discussions, and
b) getting used to new style of delivery and technology.
The group has had lively discussions on the important subject of Unity and from early June will move on to the new subject of Purity. Our devotees have thanked and also welcomed the opportunity to enhance their spiritual knowledge despite very difficult current circumstances we are all facing.
YOGA – ONLINE SESSION
MIDLAND LANGAR SUPPORT – FOOD COLLECTION
This was another request during the second lockdown in England to help the needy/homeless people in Leicester. We have worked with MLSS before – see article re hot meals provided during the first lockdown. This time the request was for food parcels. See note below giving some details of this service activity.
“ Sai Ram all
We have been reviewing the Service opportunities to replace some of the activities we would all have been involved in around this time – making food parcels for Croatia/Moldova, and Christmas Party for elderly guests and for Bridge. Given that we have more COVID restrictions now in place (‘Stay at home – only leave for specific reason’), it is going to be difficult to carry out these activities in our Centre.
We recently had a request from MLSS (langar service) who are going to prepare parcels for the needy people in the local community and require food items for the parcels.
We have agreed to help with this service opportunity and we would like everyone to be involved with it.
There are 3 different activities and you can volunteer for any one or all of them.
1. Offer food items – we will provide the list soon. We are conscious of the new restrictions so are not suggesting that you go out to shop for these but to get them as part of your normal shopping, or you may have some of these in stock at home. As per our organisation’s objectives, we should fit this in with our ceiling on desires shadhana.
2. Volunteer to deliver the items from devotees homes to MLSS collection point at More Restaurant.
3. MLSS would like volunteers to help with packing the food parcels. They will be packing them at More Restaurant from 4:00 to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Please let us know if you would like to help by Wednesday next week. “
MLSS Collection point for the food items, cooking & preparing meals was changed to Indigo Restaurant from January 2021,
Items required for the weekly food parcels, cooking & preparing meals were as follows :
Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Rice, Breakfast cereal, Baked beans, Tinned tomatoes, Dried pulses, i.e. lentils, beans, etc, Passata, Crisps/snacks, Vegetable oil, Soup – tinned or packet, Tinned vegetables, Tinned fruit, Biscuits, UHT Milk
Again, response from our Centre devotees was tremendous and we were able to supply lots of items over a number of weeks.
Here are some photos: