Collaboration through Covid and Beyond – Billingham Town Council
Posted on 6th October, 2021
Billingham Town Council, in conjunction with local organisations BCT Aspire, Fighting Chance Boxing Club and BELP launched its Covid Response on 23rd March 2020.
Working with existing organisations within the town meant we were able to scale up a solution that saw over 100 local residents volunteering to assist with shopping for food items, making up emergency food parcels and distributing them to residents that were unable to visit local shops or access supermarket deliveries. By collaborating with Stockton Borough Council’s Covid Helpline, we were able to support residents not only with food parcel deliveries but also delivering their prescriptions, dog walking and making weekly wellbeing calls to local residents to check on their wellbeing and just for a chat.
One of the issues we were able to identify early in the lockdown was the lack of access to good quality fresh food. As a result of this, we reimagined our Community Lunch service which had, prior to Covid, brought together isolated residents for a free three-course meal in the Town Council managed Café in the Park.