Covid-19 Response – Meeting Community Needs :: Adventist Church in UK and Ireland

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Enoch Kanagaraj - The One Vision Project
“Don’t be concerned for your own good, but for the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NLT)

With this Bible verse in mind, the British Union Conference (BUC) Community Services department has decided to work in partnership with diverse groups, organisations and charities to assist our community and the vulnerable during this national crisis. One of our partners is the One Vision Project. This comprises of 42 different charities and was initiated by Enoch Kanagaraj a member of Stanborough Park Adventist church. This is essentially an Adventist-run networking support group.

The One Vision Project originated as a result of noting the diverse needs within the local community and bringing people together with their time, resources, skills and expertise to meet those needs. Compassion and care are at the heart of what the One Vision Project is about. They were recently awarded the prestigious High Sheriff awards for Faith Groups in the Community and is now listed on the Watford Borough Council’s COVID-19 Volunteers Support Group.

It was a privilege last Sabbath 28 March to be part of the COVID-19 Response – Meeting Community Needs initiative with the One Vision Project. Together with Enoch Kanagaraj, Pastor Terry Messenger (Senior Minister for Stanborough Park church) and The Right Honorable (Rt Hon.) Dean Russell MP for Watford, we delivered goody bags to older adults in the community. The bags contained food items and relevant publications from the Stanborough Press.

Amongst those receiving the goody bags were church and community members, individuals who attend the Stanborough Park Seniors Club and the Watford Veterans Support Group members who are self-isolating. Visits were also made to the local pharmacy who are delivering medicines to those self-isolating. One Vision helps with the dissemination of medicines to these homes.

Additional stops were made to local shops and business catering for the needs of NHS staff. One Vision now partners with the Prince of Bengal Restaurant Group in Watford and the Watford Sikh Gurdwara who supplies the majority of foods to One Vision for dissemination to NHS workers in Watford General Hospital.

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