Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has re-invented their home shopping service to support self-isolating households across the borough, delivering household necessities to those who cannot get supplies in any other way.
Until now, the service has been mainly used by older residents – but the Covid19 response has prompted the council to think about new ways to support borough residents using existing services.
This week 50 households used the shopping service, where a range of groceries and other essentials can be provided at cost plus a small delivery charge for those who cannot leave their properties or shop online and have no other support network.
The Council is working with the Epsom branch of Waitrose, who are prioritising the council requirement. The Ruxley Foundation, a charity based in Ewell, has donated fresh fruit and vegetables. Deliveries are made by council staff, who have been DBS checked and delivered to home addresses across the borough.
Councillor Liz Frost, Chair of the Health Liaison Panel and Covid-19 spokesperson, said “We know that for many this is a very worrying and difficult time. When responding to this pandemic, our aim is to ensure everyone gets the support they need, especially our most vulnerable residents”
If you are in need of assistance please contact the Surrey-wide Community Helpline: 0300 200 1008 who will be able to direct you to the services that can help.
These are tough times but Well Done Epsom & Ewell Council to raising to the challange and supporting those who need it most.
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