Weymouth COVID-19 relief scheme awarded almost £10,000

Weymouth COVID-19 relief scheme awarded almost £10,000

Published by George Sharpe at 1:16pm 11th June 2020. (Updated at 1:19pm 11th June 2020)

A scheme to feed vulnerable people in Weymouth during the coronavirus pandemic has been given almost £10,000.

The Keep in Touch project has served over 650 local residents so far by collecting prescriptions and delivering groceries.

The project, which launched in March, has now been awarded £9,750 from the Lottery Community Fund. 

Keep in Touch Project
Volunteers for the Keep in Touch project

There are around 50 volunteers helping with the scheme.

Cllr Gill Taylor said:

"Now that we have received this grant from the Lottery, we are able to move forward into a period of re-engineering.

"This will enable us to continue to support our local residents in Weymouth as we adjust to live alongside the threat of the virus. At the same time, we will be improving the service we can offer to them.

"We are continuing to work with Refresh, our valued partner for this project. This is a true partnership effort in a time of need."

The scheme is run by Weymouth Town Council alongside Refresh, a group of churches in the town.

Cherry Clarke from Refresh said:

"We are so thankful to all of the businesses, local residents and the lottery who have supported our work in the community to enable us to support our community. 

"Every day we are continuing to hear sad stories of people who have been struggling to get supplies or have not spoken to anyone over the past few weeks.  

"We have over 50 wonderful volunteers to are only to happy to help and we cannot thank them enough."

They're now delivering fresh meat packs, healthy microwave meals and including a weekly hot meal as part of the service.

Deliveries can be arranged on Wednesdays or Fridays and prescription collection services every day.

To find out more contact:

Julie - 07980730029
Cherry - 07514 114 680