It’s good to talk - that’s the key message at the start of another busy week for the AFC Portchester Covid-19 Mutual Support Group.
The group has been busy providing support to vulnerable people in the first three weeks of the lockdown which has been in place during the coronavirus crisis.
But now the group’s volunteers are warning that problems in the community are starting to particularly bite, as more and more households come to terms with a loss of income and other support as the country enters its fourth week under lockdown conditions.
Some households in the Portchester area are now experiencing a drop in income because of illness, new childcare requirements, reduced working hours or residents losing their jobs.
Many people are also much more limited in how they obtain the food and other items they need and are generally reluctant in coming forward for a handout from anyone.
The support group are aiming to ensure nobody in the Portchester community needs to worry about getting the food and essential items they need during these difficult times.
The group’s food pantry service has already proven to be very successful, with donations coming in from businesses and members of the public which are then delivered to those households who need support in the community.
However, now we would now like to reach out to other people in the community who may need emergency food, or a food parcel. These include those experiencing problems with the benefits system, people suffering from isolation or Ill health, and those who are lacking the family support they need.
If you are living in extreme financial vulnerability please get in touch with Steve on 07747 018803. All calls will be confidential and will respect your privacy.
We are here to support the Portchester community at this difficult time so please do get in touch with us so our volunteers can give you the help you need.
We continue to receive donations of food, hygiene products and pet food from businesses and individuals from across the Portchester area.
We received 170 Easter eggs thanks to donations from Tesco, The Seagull pub and the David Lloyd club at Port Solent (see picture left).
Over the Easter period these were distributed to nurseries, schools, care homes, Queen Alexandra Hospital and vulnerable people currently in isolation.