SERVE Rushden has been awarded £3,000 from Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund.
SERVE Rushden looks after 5,000 older people as well as those living with disabilities across Rushden. They aim to ensure these people can remain independent in their own homes and offer a range of services including personal care, community transport, cleaning, shopping, wellbeing activities and telephone support services.
When the government announced that people in vulnerable groups should remain at home for a 12 week period as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, SERVE received an overwhelming demand from their service users to help with both grocery shopping and prescription collections.
Funding from the Foundation will enable SERVE to ensure hundreds of isolated older people will receive their groceries and prescriptions to maintain their health during this national crisis.
Jess Slater, CEO of SERVE Rushden, said: “It’s brilliant to see the community coming together, in particular people who are able to volunteer to support the vulnerable who will worry at this time. We are calling our service users weekly to support and reassure them that we are here if they need anything and always on the other end of the phone if they start to feel lonely.”