The Council’s step to encourage volunteering is welcome.
But better coordination of the resources available is needed at neighbourhood level.
Those “self isolating” want to know which local shops are offering home delivery.
Residents need confirmation of which pharmacies are offering home delivery and with what capacity (any gaps could be filled by volunteers).
The Foxwood Residents Association is offering free social media and noticeboard publicity to local shops that
a) will deliver to doorsteps
b) accept remote payment – inclusive of delivery – by PayPal, card or bank transfer
c) Will take orders by email, phone or “on line” web site.
Any stores accepting contactless payments, and collection of food from a prearranged “in store” location (by volunteers), will also be acknowledged.
The Council needs to check and publicise regularly the availability of “on line” delivery slot availability at local branches of major supermarkets.
The Council could also coordinate the provision lists of stock shortages, of essential items, at local supermarkets. This would prevent unnecessary journeys