Call for more help as phone buddies and food parcels boost area response to virus

Call for more help as phone buddies and food parcels boost area response to virus

By Michael Upton | 12/05/2020

Call for more help as phone buddies and food parcels boost area response to virus
Food parcels and kids activity packs have been packed and delivered to families across the borough, by volunteers working from Swinton Lock. Swinton Lock manager Jayne Senior is pictured packing baby supplies.

 

PHONE buddies and food parcels are among the steps being taken to care for residents and young people amid the coronavirus crisis.

Swinton Lock Activity Centre is the hub for the area’s response, which is being coordinated by borough councillors and centre chief executive Jayne Senior.

Four people have been linked up with phone buddies to help battle loneliness and more than 60 residents are also receiving regular calls to keep them connected and updated.

Volunteers are also fetching shopping and prescriptions, providing food parcels to vulnerable residents, dropping off treats such as cards and chocolates and taking dogs for walks.

Donations distributed so far include 160 food parcels, Easter eggs and five TVs!

But Cllr Ken Wyatt said more was needed, adding: “We are desperately in need of more donations of food. We rely on local residents, business and our charity partner Food Aware for all our supplies.”

Swinton Lock staff are continuing to support young people who usually visit the centre with phone calls and care parcels including craft supplies.



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