Thank you to council staff and volunteers

Published Tuesday, 31st March 2020

Calligraphy Thank You Know in purple with flowers.

The mayor and leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have extended a heartfelt thank you to all the council staff and volunteers who have helped deliver essential services over the past week.

Staff have been praised for working 24/7 to make sure all residents within the borough are safe and provided for, while the country tackles coronavirus.

This includes hundreds of food parcels delivered to the most vulnerable in our community, hundreds of volunteers registering to help out in their community, several prescriptions delivered, two dogs walked and an army of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and South Essex Homes staff who have worked over the weekend and into the night, to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Thank you to Waitrose too, who stepped in at the last moment to top up supplies for the food parcels delivered over the weekend.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, said: “I am bowled over by the way our community has drawn together to help those most vulnerable. I am equally impressed and humbled by the quick-action, thoughtful behaviour and tireless commitment of the council staff and South Essex Homes staff.

“We have staff operating the helpline, collecting and delivering food parcels, coordinating food donations, liaising with community and voluntary sectors to make sure there is a joint up response and making sure the needs of every single person in the borough is accounted for.”   

The adult social care team have also been working with medical staff at Southend Hospital to successfully discharge those who are medically fit to return home, freeing up space within the hospital for those who need a bed.

Also, the community safety patrol unit are still patrolling, working with our colleagues in Essex Police to make sure the streets remain safe and that people are complying with social distancing guidelines.

The Worshipful the Mayor, Cllr John Lamb, added: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those whose job places them on the frontline, or who have volunteered to step into the breech and help out during this national crisis. I would also like to thank the many hundreds of our staff who have switched to a completely new way of working in just over one week and have put in a tremendous effort keeping all of our vital day to day services running wherever possible too.

“Many of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, South Essex Home staff and all our volunteers gave up time with their families over the weekend, to help the most vulnerable in our community who need help and support at this tough time. I think they all deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for their hard work which I’m certain will continue in the days and weeks ahead.”