Local services in Chester are adapting how they work to help support residents.
The Fallen Angels dance group, Live Laugh Lache and Pennysmart all provide vital services in the community and have changed the way they deliver these during the coronavirus crisis.
The Fallen Angels dance group, which receives funding from Sanctuary Housing, works with people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and is now reaching out to people via phone. Although not able to bring people together to take part in the usual dance workshops due to social distancing, the team still wants to help support people by talking over the phone to help in the recovery process.
Live Laugh Lache, a community group which helps run social supermarket Lache Larder, is helping deliver food to those currently isolating. It is also continuing to serve people by allowing them to collect a bag of food for a donation of £2. Surplus food is donated by local supermarkets to the small charity which has a seen a recent increase in demand due to Covid-19.
In addition, Pennysmart, Community Investment Company, which works in partnership with Sanctuary to help support people with financial enquiries, has now also taken to providing a phone-based and email service. Staff are also experiencing an increase in the volume of enquiries as they continue to provide money and benefits advice for people in these uncertain times.
Ria Burns, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We have been so impressed at how quickly many of the local services have adjusted to make changes to continue helping support the local community. Residents have greater needs currently and our thanks go out to everyone helping in this process.”