A crowdfunding campaign which raised over £500,000 in just 36 hours has saved The Nicky from immediate closure The Nicky Alliance Centre, offering activities and support for the elderly, has been shut since March due to the pandemic. Following four years of operational losses, consideration was given to closing the Centre and selling the building. But the success of the fundraising drive has prompted a dramatic turnaround and the these plans have been dropped. MJCC chief executive Michelle Wiseman said the response from the community had been “unbelievable. I just didn’t realise how much support there is out there. “It’s highlighted how much of a need there is for the Nicky Alliance Centre.” The money raised would “keep us going for the foreseeable future”, helping to minimise the charity’s deficit. Throughout the pandemic The Nicky has continued to provide hot kosher meals through its Meals on Wheels initiative and contact has been maintained with all the members. The Nicky was delighted to have been able to help Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation over the High Holy Days with extra services being held at the Centre on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The building has also been refurbished and redecorated to make it COVID compliant and safe for the members to eventually return.
THE NICKY TO REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Following ongoing advice from Public Health England, the local authority and its medical advisors, The Nicky Alliance Centre is to remain open during the current COVID-19 crisis until further notice. Chief Executive, Michelle Wiseman, said: “We are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and will continue taking appropriate professional, medical and government advice. On Friday the UK’s Chief Medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said he warned against prematurely cutting down social interactions for elderly or vulnerable people as it has big practical implications and may lead to loneliness and other issues which are clearly very undesirable for them.’ “We are being vigilant and taking all recommended precautionary measures. Contingency plans have been drawn up and are in place should the situation deteriorate and closure becomes necessary. Should this happen we will still provide support to our members where needed. We will continue with our Meals on Wheels service as well as basic grocery provisions, which we will extend to all our members. We also plan to have a Kosher le Pesach kitchen in which we will make Kosher for Pesach meals for our existing members and meals on wheels recipients together with those in the wider community. “We are not residential and for many of our members we are their link to the outside world and we play a major part in their social lives. Closure will be a last resort but if this step needs to be taken plans are being made to provide an essential shopping service for our less able members in addition to Meals on Wheels service. We continue to monitor the situation.” Ends