WHO ARE DREAMSAI AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Dreamsai provides services – home cooked meals, a friendly face, festive hampers - to anyone and everyone
in need, independent of their race, colour, age, or sex. Dreamsai is run and staffed by volunteers from
all walks of life, who proudly take time out of their busy lives to support their community.
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?
The speed at which the lockdown hit meant that a great many vulnerable local over 65s were left
without support – most critically a lack of food – and they needed help quickly. Access to online
shopping simply wasn’t feasible, neither was help from family members, who were often key workers,
self-isolating themselves or lived far away.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DID THE APPEAL AWARD MAKE?
Dreamsai adapted its model of cooking and delivering ‘home cooked food’ to that of supplying
essential item packs.
It aimed to double its efforts and to deliver to those over 65s who were now self-isolating two days a
week. We encouraged them to build a relationship with the Foodbank Xtra project in order to help to
make this happen.
The Outreach Project Hotline took over 300 calls in the first week.
The extra financial support from the appeal award meant that Dreamsai now had the funds to go
straight to wholesalers and could order sufficient to package hampers containing on average 30-35
items – bread, milk, cereals, tea, pasta, sauces, fruit, veg even toilet rolls! – enough for roughly 2 weeks.