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‘Thank you’ to those who have made a difference

by Cathy Sheel

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ has gone out to all those who have supported Knowsley’s Community Support and Volunteer Hub during the Coronavirus crisis.

Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan and his Cabinet have recorded personal messages of thanks to the many individuals, volunteers, businesses and community groups whose selfless contributions have made a huge difference to those facing hardship during the pandemic.

Back in March, the council set up the Coronavirus Community and Volunteer Hub in a matter of days to respond to local need during lockdown. In the weeks that followed more than 180 volunteers were recruited to provide support to residents, such as picking up and delivering food shopping, dog walking for those self-isolating or ‘shielded’, as well as a ‘check in and chat’ service for residents who were feeling socially isolated and just needed someone to talk to.

Community groups across Knowsley provided vital local support to individuals and families, ensuring they had food supplies and offering much-needed advice and signposting to other services.

The business community also stepped up to help, with companies making bulk donations of food, providing transport and essential supplies, as well as individual business leaders offering to buy food for the Foodbank.

So far more the hub has:
– Handled more than 16,000 calls
– Received offers of help from more than 300 volunteers
– Provided 1,200 households with essential provisions
– Arranged the delivery of 5,800 food parcels
– Received support from 99 businesses and business owners

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “Although Coronavirus is still with us and the hub is continuing to provide support to those in need, I felt the time was right to acknowledge and show our appreciation for the fantastic community response we have seen in recent months.

“It has been truly humbling to see how individuals and communities have come together to support each other. Knowsley Better Together has never been more important than in these challenging times, and the work of the hub has shown how we can rise to those challenges and work together to achieve a stronger, healthier Knowsley in which we all have a part to play.”

Knowsley Community Support and Volunteer Line can be contacted on Freephone 0800 073 0043.