Devizes Covid19

Devizes Covid19, a new group supporting elderly and vulnerable people, recieved a grant to fund staff time, IT support, food as well as a call centre.

The group is part of the Devizes Church Partnership and has over 260 volunteers who are delivering food parcels, collecting prescriptions and checking on the welfare of more than 500 people.

Rev Keith Brindle, vicar of St James Church, said “The money is being used to enable us to deliver support for vulnerable people in Devizes. In our first three we had well over 1,000 calls through to the call centre in the Town Hall for food deliveries, medication and essential errands and the grant we’ve had from Wiltshire Community Foundation has enabled that to happen.

“We are increasingly doing pastoral calls as well now, phoning up people to see how they are doing and see how they are doing anxiety-wise. We’ve connected to an additional 500 people to see if they are okay, particularly those who are living in difficult situations or living by themselves and are vulnerable to mental health issues.

"We have about 260 volunteers who are on a weekly basis queuing up for food, checking up on people, doing errands. It has been a pretty impressive effort from Devizes to support their community. We’ve also had calls from people who are isolating but have said that as soon as they are well, they want to volunteer to give something back, it is incredible and a privilege to work alongside these people.”



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