Meet Positive Foundation Community. With thanks to the Warm Welcome grant scheme, the organisation was able to grow into fruition. “A good foundation is a good future” is the motto that drives their work. Lily D Adamah, the Founder of PFC started to help in her own way during the onset of COVID – to provide little acts of kindness for her community by cooking food from her heritage and delivering the meals with her husband.
In collaboration with a team of professionals, PCF also provide counselling and support services to individuals and organisations. Their focus is on developing values and the latent talents in children and young people by supporting their guardians, parents and families to make informed choices. This includes school and career guidance, training and coaching with a focus on challenging cultural stereotypes, unconscious bias and the status quo around mental health.
As Lily reflects back, she states, “It was my first time and lots of things could have gone wrong – but C3SC were so willing and happy to affirm the project, assist and to call me anytime. It was really amazing that someone believed in what we were doing”.
PCF saw a growth in demand through the Cost of Living crisis and with a number of new asylum seekers arriving in Cardiff. Lily recognised the shame and fear some individuals may feel of being looked down on as she too had experienced this coming to the UK from Ghana. Instead, she wanted to build trust with the people PCF work with – cooking hot meals such as the Ghanaian dish jollof rice, and delivering it to people from different African and Asian countries – such as Kenya, Namibia, Ghana, and Nigeria. Lily told us, ‘It is overwhelming for them as they can’t believe someone is being nice to them, but it’s important to remember this favourite quote from Mick Cooper: “Money doesn’t make the world go around, but an act of kindness does.”‘