Thanks to Orion during the Covid Pandemic
We started Rokzkool in 2014 as a small family company running music workshops for local children.
We have worked for many minority groups, schools and communities in the Highlands including children with Autism and other special needs, the Syrian Refugee families and Action Duchennes and Sense Scotland.
In January of 2019 we started providing music workshops on Saturdays for around 18 children in the Merkinch area of Inverness. We also run workshops in rural schools and various functions.
We provided a safe environment for local children to come and have breakfast and lunch. We taught music, craft , cooking and did some sport. Some of the parents came and joined in on our activities under our supervision. A few of the parents suffer from anxieties so this was a huge step for them.
We were doing this on a purely unpaid voluntary basis as we identified a need for this within the area.
Last year we signed up to receiving food donations from FareShare and Neighbourly and used the donated food to provide breakfast and lunch for the children and some of the parents.We would deliver any extra food to the families at the end of the day.
We attended a Tesco / Jamie Oliver Community Kitchen course in Glasgow, we then started teaching cooking skills along with the music tuition to our young students and parents.
When the Covid -19 pandemic arrived we lost all our income from our school contracts
Holiday RoK, Belladrum and other sources, so now with the help of Orion we are concentrating on continuing to provide food for the families as we have done so for over a year.
We had been using our own car for deliveries which was difficult but now with the Orion bus we can be more efficient and reach many more people.
As well as our usual students families, we are now delivering food to some of their neighbours. We all have our food hygiene certificates in place and can deliver food with confidence.
The demand for our service is such that we have been delivering food donations to the local Women’s Aid and three sheltered housing buildings for the homeless. We support people from all walks of life, some with a variety of health issues, those living in isolation, young families finding it difficult to make ends meet or some elderly who are lonely and benefit from a doorstep chat. They are so grateful for all we can deliver. (Our chef’s cheese scones are almost as popular as my macaroons)
In total with the help of the Orion bus we are delivering emergency food donations to who ever is in need throughout the community, we collect donated food from:
…then take it to our hub where we box and distribute.
We have a number of volunteers who help with distribution and cooking, everything we do is done within the proper government guidelines.
We can provide ready made meals as well as food donations to the people we support. The hot food is then distributed to the folks in the neighbourhood as a great treat and supplement to whatever else they have. It is for some, a lifeline.
The Orion bus has been central to our activities and is out most evenings being driven through the quiet streets doing the deliveries.
The Highland Council has provided us with a new venue for our food operations. See our Facebook page for more details.
We at RokzKool Academy wish to say a massive Thank You to all at Orion for your support.We would like to also thank the people of Trinity Church for allowing the use of their Church halls throughout 2020. We wish you well with your continuing good work in the community.