b'GREAT BRITAINNewsThe Ireland Funds Great Britain COVID-19 success storiesCharities in Great Britain were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the crisis, with the help of the Young Leaders, IFGB reached out to their supported organizations working on the frontline. Despite their services being greatly affected and fundraising opportunities dras-tically cut, it was inspiring to hear how they were adapting in providing care and support to those most vulnerable in the community. Below are some of their stories.t Irish Chaplaincy Irish Chaplaincy provides support to excluded, vulnerable and isolated Irish people in Britain, such as seniors, Irish Travelers and prisoners.As it is the only charity supporting Irish prisoners across the whole of England and Wales, it has been on the frontline during the COVID-19 crisis. With no visiting hours allowed in prisons, all forms of income from working within prisons stopped, and most prisons operating with skeleton staff, Irish Chaplaincys support is greatly needed. Alongside receiving and responding to post and email with hundreds of prisoners across England and Wales, Irish Chaplaincy has distributed cell resources such as books, CDs and puzzles to 120 prisons with Irish prisoners. Southwark Irish Pensioners ProjectuSince lockdown, Southwark Irish Pensioners Project (SIPP) has kept in touch with over 400 older people living in London with weekly phone calls, posting regular newsletters and delivering emer-gency supplies of groceries, medicines, cooked meals and activity parcels. The staff also provide a seven-day service collecting phone messages, offering advice, support, and information over the phone and on the doorstep. The staff have even moved two clients into sheltered housing in the midst of the pandemic. Some volunteers are also personal shoppers for pensioners who are shielding and have no family support.t Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support Anam Cara has been proactive in adjusting how they provide their essential services by setting up of private Facebook groups, producing videos for recently bereaved parents on their website and creating online groups on Zoom. Parents have really beneted from their online Group Support Meetings, introduced in May. These meetings online will continue, alongside face-to-face support groups which returned in September.connect 202069'