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HELPING HAND: Three Rivers distributes food to communities

 Published on: 30th April 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three Rivers District Council are working with Hertfordshire County Council, Watford & Three Rivers Trust and local community groups having identified those who need additional help.

Although Three Rivers House remains closed to the public, a food hub has been created on the ground floor transforming it into a goods depot complete with a refrigeration unit.

Food has been received from the Council’s Suppliers, Herts County Council, residents and local businesses.

Staff have been busy co-ordinating donations and sourcing businesses that will offer services like free delivery.

Emergency food parcels have been delivered to local groups and residents to ensure communities get the help they need during Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisations who have received the packs so far include Abbots Langley COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group; Chorleywood Corona Support Group; Coronavirus community help for Northwood; Northwood Hills, Pinner & Ruislip; Croxley Green Coronavirus Help Group; Family Support Workers; Herts Mind Network; Maple Cross and West Hyde Covid-19 Support Group; Ricky Covid Mutual Aid; Supporting Sarratt, South Oxhey & Carpenders Park Covid 19 Outreach Group and Three Rivers Intensive Family Support Team.  

Cllr Roger Seabourne, Lead Member for Community Safety and Partnerships, said: “We welcome all the donations received and we thank everyone that has contributed to the food hub. The donations are of great value to those who are cannot leave their houses to shop and those who are struggling in other ways to have access to food and essential supplies.” 

With the support of Watford and Three Rivers Trust, council officers are assessing the support needs of local residents, assisting them to access sustainable sources of food and essential supply home deliveries, as well as access telephone support and emergency food parcel deliveries.

Local volunteers are supporting this by offering to undertake home deliveries, personal shops, prescription deliveries and telephone support. People can offer to volunteer online. 

There is also a team of staff calling vulnerable residents that have not responded to the self-isolation letter from the NHS.

They have made over 400 phone calls to make sure people are offered the support they need. 

Andy Stovold, Head of Community Partnerships Community Partnerships, who led this initiative added: “It has been great to see the commitment of all staff and volunteers working together from different council teams, organisations and the local community to make sure we can safeguard the most vulnerable people in our District.” 

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