Supporting the Wythenshawe Community

During the Covid19 Pandemic Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) has continued to adapt and evolve its services in order to meet the needs of the Wythenshawe community.

Central to this has been the work of the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle, Benchill and Bideford Community Centres in the community and here are a few highlights of this.

Our Digital Inclusion Officer has helped support over 79 people with online universal credit applications and is currently working with our housing team to support tenants who may be struggling to get online for their housing needs.

The Catering Team at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre cooked over 1,872 hot meals which have been delivered to customers by colleagues from our Wythenshawe Works Team.

Volunteers at the Bideford Community Centre have handed out over 10,000 hot meals, grab/ treat bags since the start of lockdown in March.

Our volunteer programme has made over 300 calls to vulnerable and lonely residents to keep in touch with them and know there are people to support them.

Our Employment and Financial Inclusion teams have helped over 700 customers with Universal Credit applications. They have also helped drive referrals to other programmes such as Be Well, Motiv8 and Real Opportunities as well as support trainees who may have been furloughed or coming to the end of their contracts.

At the Benchill Community Centre, IT tutors have been offering a new and innovative ways for people to get online using Zoom and phone meetings.  They have also signed up to support UK On-line as a recognised Centre for Excellence and have secured over 50 digital devices for the most vulnerable in our community who do not have access to digital equipment and internet.

WCHG Senior Community Investment Manager Sarah Woolley said, “I want to thank all the WCHG staff who have adapted the ways in which they work to continue to help support and meet the needs of the community here in Wythenshawe during the Covid19 Pandemic. You are making a real difference and are a credit to WCHG.”

WCHG Senior Community Investment Manager Victoria McDowell “Wythenshawe is a special place, with a remarkable community that has really pulled together during this crisis. It is a privilege to play our part, building on the existing strengths of the community”.