BedsRCC have arranged for 2,000 Covid safety packs to be handed out to Good Neighbour Schemes and local residents over the next week or two, to help keep them safe during the ongoing pandemic.
The packs, funded by Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Council’s, contain hand sanitiser, hand wipes, gloves, disposable and re-usable masks. They also contain a postcard with information for services that can provide assistance to those who may be struggling with the impact of the pandemic.
BedsRCC’s Good Neighbour Schemes, Community Wellbeing Champions and Village and Community Agents will be undertaking the huge task of delivering the packs, with support from the Community Transport Team.
Additional funding has also been secured from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport via Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, which means BedsRCC can also supply a number of the Good Neighbour Schemes with additional PPE and car-screens.
This will allow volunteers to use their cars safely to drive local residents to vaccination centres and other medical appointments.
Cliff Andrews, Deputy CEO for BedsRCC said, “This is going to be a huge task and I’m incredibly proud of all our teams and volunteers working above and beyond to get these vital items delivered to those in need.
“Caring for and connecting with our communities is the main objective of our charity, and this is another example of the dedication of our staff to do exactly that throughout this entire pandemic. From delivering food parcels and making phone calls to see how people are, to collecting medication and driving people to vaccination centres, our staff have just been fantastic throughout.”
The packs are being delivered from Tuesday 23 February, across Bedfordshire.