Last year during the first lockdown, the Swoffers team offered up our time and our company vehicles to help Guernsey Welfare as volunteers for an essential food delivery service across the Island.
Guernsey Welfare was founded in 1896 and is non-judgemental service that helps many islanders on low incomes by providing them resources to stay fed and warm when they most need it. Pre-lockdown, they offered many other services, ranging from a scope of vouchers for baby nappies to household necessities, money coaching and life skills courses amongst numerous other free services available.
‘We were delighted to offer our support again this time round’ said director Andre Austin. ‘Guernsey Welfare is working around the clock to provide vital support for those who need it. Tough times have really brought the Guernsey community together and we wanted to offer our support again in any way possible to ensure these necessary services continue’.
For many, these services are a lifeline. Over half of the Swoffers team have been running welfare deliveries for food and essentials every weekday since lockdown began. We deliver approximately 60 bags of food each day between our volunteers, a small portion of the offering provided by Guernsey Welfare, reflecting the demand for these services island wide.
‘These are often more than just a food delivery. Some people who access this service have had little to no social interaction since lockdown was reenforced so often it’s a chance to have a small social interaction, (socially distanced of course and within recommended Public Health guidelines), with our friendly team. You can see how much it’s appreciated’ said Andre.
We will remain operating within government advice and continue to offer these services until our support is no longer needed. Stay safe #GuernseyTogether
If you would more information on the Guernsey Welfare Service and how to donate you can visit their website www.Guernseywelfare.com