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30/03/2020
Sandwell pulls together to respond to Covid-19 emergency

Thousands of staff across Sandwell Council are pulling together to help the most vulnerable people in the borough while working to keep critical services running.

And businesses and community groups are being thanked for supporting council staff as the authority responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council is pouring resources into services including adult social care - caring for elderly and vulnerable people – as well as safeguarding children, young people and their families. Bin collections, emergency repairs and other key services are also being prioritised.

And hundreds of staff are now putting together food parcels and arranging other help for older and vulnerable people with no support network.

More than 150 food boxes, many made up of donated goods, have been delivered to people without family, friends, neighbours or community support – and another 350+ are ready to go out.

Leader of Sandwell Council Councillor Yvonne Davies said:

“Our staff are doing an incredible job to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s amazing how the Sandwell family – staff, residents and businesses – has come together.

“The council’s emergency response includes making sure that vital services that we need to keep running whatever happens are still available.

“Council staff who run important but non-critical services have been moved to help the services we need to keep running – such as adult social care where we are still caring for hundreds of older and vulnerable people.

“Not only that but we are putting together food parcels and other help and support for the most vulnerable in our communities.

“It’s been an incredible response and I want to thank every single member of staff, volunteer, community group and local business who is helping us in these very difficult times.”

The council would like to say a huge thank you to:

  • Four Ways bar and grill in Rowley Regis, where boss Amrik provided 40 meals for staff – this was a huge lift for those packing boxes for distributing to older and vulnerable people
  • Food Warehouse in Oldbury opened early for council staff to purchase food for vulnerable people - and gave a discount – as well as helping source and pack items. A big thank you to manager Rose Clifton, Kerry Ann, Morgan, Tracy and Joanne.
  • Education providers donated sandwiches and fruit to the nurses and doctors at Russell’s Hall hospital and food supplies to make meals for the tenants at Walker Grange and other extra care schemes.. All gratefully received.

To support the council or offer help go to: www.sandwell.gov.uk/coronaviruscanyouhelp or, for specific food donations, please contact: food_stocks@sandwell.gov.uk

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