Swoffers has had a great response to its offer to help out by using its company vehicles and staff to run an ad-hoc collection and delivery service for the community.
‘The nature of our work means that we have a fleet of more than 20 company vehicles that are usually out and about across the island every day and we wanted to see what we could do to help,’ said director Andre Austin.
‘There are lots of examples of great community spirit in evidence at the moment, from local hotels offering to provide hot food to their neighbours to individuals checking on older or more vulnerable people living near them. We were keen not to duplicate these efforts and so are partnering with Health Connections who already operate a Voluntary Community Transport Service and will support their efforts.
‘Health Connections have already established a really useful online directory of help and support https://healthconnections.gg/category/coronavirus/ where there is loads of information about online food shopping, free pet food deliveries, pharmacy opening times and much more. We think that this is the best place for us to signpost the service we are offering.
‘People can still contact us direct if they want to or they can go through Health Connections who will let us know what is needed and when. We are also helping to support the Guernsey Welfare Service with food parcel deliveries and have been in touch with the Guernsey Voluntary Service to see if we can be of assistance to them. Obviously, we will operate in line with all the advice and guidance issued by the States of Guernsey and hope to continue to provide this service even if we have to close our offices for a while,’ said Andre.