Residents across Trafford can now benefit from a new central resource designed to help ease the impact of Coronavirus, thanks to a £100,000 grant from Trafford Housing Trust.
The grant from the Trust is supporting Trafford Community Response, a group of businesses, charities, council and community groups from across the borough. They have come together to ensure residents have one safe place to go if they need advice or access to a number of different services, such as food banks and help with shopping, fuel top-up cards and even dog walking.
Concerned residents can call 0300 330 9073, where they will be directed to one of five Trafford Community Response Hubs in Altrincham, Stretford, Partington, Sale and Urmston. A team of volunteers will then take time to understand their needs, and can also be someone to talk to for residents experiencing loneliness and isolation.
Fay Jackson, Social Investment Manager at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “Trafford Housing Trust is passionate about making a difference and supporting the work of the voluntary and community sector in Trafford. We are proud to be supporting the Trafford Community Response - both through our funding and staff resources - to help set up a network of support for residents at this challenging time.”
Trafford Housing Trust is one of a number of organisations contributing to the initiative, which is being coordinated by Trafford Council.
Cllr Joanne Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We know that people want to be good neighbours and we encourage you to be that person. Please do so safely and follow Government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing. Please shop responsibly and help us all get through this together. If you wish to make a donation of food please call the Trafford Community Response Line and you will be advised how to do this.
“Trafford Council would like to thank all of the community groups, Facebook pages and individuals who are pulling together to support our Trafford communities. It is up to each and every one of us to act responsibly and prevent the spread of this virus. Please do consider offering your support to the Trafford Community Response Hubs if you would like to formally volunteer and we can support that need us the most during these difficult times."
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