When lockdown hit on the 23 March 2020 Swanley Town Council staff, Councillors and Swanley residents were quick to volunteer to help vulnerable residents.
This included helping, amongst other things with shopping, prescriptions and dog walking.
At the height of the lockdown around twelve households were being helped every single day.
Help was not restricted to normal working hours, with the service still running in the evenings, at weekends and even over the Christmas Holiday period.
When restrictions were eased, in September 2020, it was great that most of the residents that we had been helping were able to start looking after themselves again.
However, the lockdown had identified that some residents would continue to need help for the foreseeable future.
Swanley Town Council liaised with the fantastic volunteers and were able to match up residents with volunteers who agreed to continue to support them for as long as needed.
When lockdown hit again in December 2020, many vulnerable residents needed to self-isolate again and the demand for help increased.
Once again, the response was fantastic and now more than 750 deliveries and collections have now been completed for Swanley residents.
For more information on projects in Swanley, look at the council’s web site www.swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk or ring 01322 665 855