Kind-hearted volunteers are pulling together in a time of crisis to provide food parcels to the local community in Torbay.
The Crafty Fox in Paignton, a café and community hub which receives funding from Sanctuary Housing, has launched a new service to deliver parcels of vital food items to local people in need.
Normally run as a café and advice centre, other volunteers from the Crafty Fox who are self-isolating have set up a phone buddy system to call vulnerable community members, to help stay in touch and chatting regularly to boost spirits.
In addition, the shop front in Paignton now displays information with help and advice, which people can read while out and passing as part of their daily exercise.
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Even during such difficult times, the amazing volunteers are still pulling together to provide a crucial service. We’re delighted to provide them with funding, which we’ve managed to get to them quickly as they need financial support now to continue this good work.
“We are also working behind the scenes to try and secure additional funding from other external sources.”
Karen Parker, project coordinator at the Crafty Fox Café ‘n’ Hub, added: “It helps that we already know our community so well and have been able to assist people quickly at this uncertain time. It’s lovely to read the messages of thanks that we’ve been receiving.
“Our thanks go to Riverford Farm, Morrisons and Paignton Community Larder for providing fresh food and other essentials, and of course to all the volunteers helping provide this service. People have also been so generous putting cash donations into our collection boxes.”