Published on 28th May 2020

Funding from Cheshire police and crime commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund has been awarded to group of organisations from Middlewich who have come together to form an emergency response team, which is providing physical and emotional support to those currently shielding from Coronavirus.

Middlewich Town Council, Middlewich Vision and the local Foodbank have joined forces to deliver prescriptions, shopping and urgent supplies to vulnerable people. The group are also providing emotional support and referral services for those in need.

The response team are being supported by an army of more than 200 volunteers from Middlewich who are supporting their local community and protecting those who are vulnerable.

The partnership is now able to accept referrals and mobilise support for the local residents of Middlewich, ensuring bespoke support and care packages are put in place. The group make contact with more specialist support services where required.

The group will use the funds to purchase essential items including PPE for volunteers, leaflets, handheld payment card readers and food storage. The card readers will enable volunteers to safely purchase and receipt spending for residents.

PCC David Keane said: “The coronavirus pandemic continues to add financial pressures and increased isolation to residents across Cheshire and especially those within more rural areas. It’s fantastic to see organisations coming together to ensure vulnerable people in our communities are well looked after.

“This partnership has created a lifeline for many residents and with the support of more than 200 volunteers will be able to continue to provide much needed support over the coming months.

“I’m so pleased that I am able to provide grant support through my Safer Communities Fund to local organisations which help them to adapt their services and continue to protect vulnerable people. The fund takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it into local communities.”

Bev Cope, representing the partnership, added: “I can't tell you just how delighted we are to receive this good news and I thank the PCC and his team for their support.

“We want to ensure that every vulnerable resident in Middlewich receives essential help when needed and we can provide practical support to those who need us.”