ABOUT QUEENS PARK MUTUAL AID
DEFINITION : Mutual aid is “cooperation for the sake of the common good.”
It’s getting people to come together to meet each other’s needs, recognising that as humans, our survival is dependent on one another
"Gift Your Neighbour" www.kensalqueenspark.com/giftyourneighbour, is a food initiative organised by a local refugee charity, Salusbury World. Queens Park, Brondesbury and Kensal Green Mutual Aid came together with resident associations, local businesses, neighbours, church and community groups for this initiative.
Volunteers have run the initiative at four local 'hubs' (the Maqam, St Anne's, William IV, Salusbury School) since mid-April, delivering over 3,000 cooked meals, fresh fruit and non-perishable items, free, to over 50 households. The hubs are also collection points in support of Granville Community Kitchen, Queens Park Community Hub (QPG), and Willesden Mutual Aid Foodbank. The initiative has been possible thanks to the many food and financial donations from local people. The team has raised over £6,500, 90% of which is onward donated, so Daksha's volunteer Community Response Kitchen in Wembley can continue making the meals. The plan is to run the initiative for as long as there is need and it is financially possible.
Our Queen’s Park Mutual Aid network and Neighbourhood Streetlinks of over 250 volunteers has also helped with grocery and medication pick up and promotion of local businesses and freelancers through lockdown (bit.ly/loveLocal).