Published on 8th July 2020

A telephone support service for residents in Wilmslow shielding and self-isolating from Coronavirus has received funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane.

Wilmslow Self Isolation Support Group was successful in its bid for a £172 grant from PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities express grant fund to help fund its helpline for residents who need shopping or prescriptions delivered.

The support group was set up in March via Facebook but it quickly established a telephone helpline for older residents who aren’t on social media.

The group’s volunteers deliver essential items to people in the area who cannot leave their homes as they are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

The grant from the Commissioner has come from a funding pot which takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it back into the community.

PCC David Keane said: “My Safer Communities express grant fund is about empowering local people to take action.

“This is another great example of how our communities have pulled together to support vulnerable people through the coronavirus pandemic.

“This unprecedented crisis has meant that lots of people have had to rely on local volunteers and support groups to get access to vital supplies and it’s great to see residents in Wilmslow supporting vulnerable neighbours.”