We are temporarily expanding our free food distribution.

In addition to helping vulnerable older people, carers, and people with disabilities, CAIA is now able to offer free food and groceries from 2 July – 6 August 2020.  Our offer will stop after this time as it is anticipated that the current situation will have normalised sufficiently enough for people to return to work, or for access to food to be easier.

So that we know who would like our support and to include you in our distribution we would like to hear from:

– People unable to afford food due to Covid-19 related income reduction such as furloughing or unemployment.

– People who may require interim support accessing food until the economic situation has stabilised or are on welfare benefits.

– People who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19 e.g. those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless or any other legitimate reason.

We shall keep your enquiries confidential.

If you think you are eligible, then please contact Misak Ohanian, at CAIA for further information on 0208 992 4621.

Coronavirus Notice


Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

We ask that anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate due to being exposed to someone with coronavirus, does not attend Hayashen until further notice and call NHS 111 for advice.

However, as we wish to support you as best as we can, our advice work continues by telephone, email and online. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk

Please let us know what other forms of communication are available to you, such as Whatsapp, Viber, Messenger etc.

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The main symptoms of Coronavirus are high fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of or changes in your normal sense of smell or taste, but for full details, including Government guidelines and precautions you should take, please search for “Coronavirus” on the following Government and NHS websites.




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.

Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.           20 June 2020