The Leader and the Chief Executive of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have written a joint letter to thank all the volunteers and voluntary organisations.
In the letter, Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, and Alison Griffin, chief executive of the council, said: “You have all been working tirelessly to ensure that all residents within the borough are staying safe and well, while the country tackles coronavirus. This is essential work and it is having a significant positive impact on people’s lives.
“Working alongside Southend-on-Sea Borough Council staff and local voluntary organisations on the Southend Coronavirus Action Helpline, you have helped in delivering hundreds of food parcels, assisting with hundreds of requests for shopping and medication assistance, as well as offering befriending and dog walking services.”
“However, we know there are countless actions that you are taking every single day to assist residents in our community which are keeping them safe and secure. Whether this is a simple conversation through a window to your neighbour, waving to the postman or clapping for our National Health Service and carers, all of these acts help to bring people together and boost their mood in a time of a crisis.
“Because of your work, we have received a significant amount of positive comments from our community who are especially grateful to you. So while the hard work shall continue over the coming days and weeks, your resilience and your commitment to helping those who are the most vulnerable in our community deserves our sincerest appreciation and admiration. For that, we thank you all and wish you all the best in the coming days and weeks.”
The Southend Coronavirus Action helpline (01702 212497) has been set up for those who have no local support networks at this time and may need help with shopping, picking up medication or other tasks.