A scheme designed to provide emergency parcels for vulnerable people has been rolled out to another area within our community.
Following our work with councils in Lichfield, Stafford and Burton, we have now also joined forces with Derby County to continue our work at supporting the vulnerable.
Staff from the club’s trust have been working with us to deliver food and vital essentials to people from a specially created hub at the retailer’s Littleover store, in Burton Road.
Derby City Council identify vulnerable community members, gather orders and pass them onto the store.
Our colleagues then create a package and take payment from the customer over the phone before staff from Derby County Community Trust deliver the goods.
Tanya Noon, Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op, is managing the project.
She said: “We want to say a big thank you to Derby County Community Trust for supporting this vital project.
“We are working around the clock to help people in need and urge anyone who thinks we could help them to get in touch with the council as soon as possible.”
The community hub in Derby is one of four currently in operation – the others being in Lichfield, Stafford and Burton. In total, they have helped over 650 people in just four weeks. Plans are currently in place to see the project rolled out to other areas in the coming weeks.
Simon Carnall, Derby County Community Trust’s Head of Community, said: “We are delighted that Derby County Football Club and Derby County Community Trust can support the vital relief effort going on across the city through the food drop-off point at Pride Park and now through mobilising staff to help the delivery of essential packages to those unable to collect them in conjunction with Central England Co-op.
“As always, we are determined to help make a difference to our local community and these are times where everyone is pulling together, which is great to see.”
To find out more about the Derby project, visit www.derby.gov.uk/coronavirus