Volunteers help deliver food to local residents

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Volunteers delivering food to residents

Westminster Connects volunteers have been delivering meals cooked by kitchen staff at The Berkeley Hotel to Westminster residents. 

We have been working in partnership with the Berkeley Hotel, a 5-star hotel in Knightsbridge currently closed due to Covid-19, where they are cooking over 1,750 meals each week to then be delivered by our Westminster Connects volunteer initiative.  

There are now 3,000 Westminster Connects volunteers, many of which are tenants and leaseholders themselves, many now helping collect the meals from the hotel and delivering the food to those who need it most. If you want to volunteer, register with us (opens new window)

Our Leader, Rachael Robathan and Cabinet Member for Housing Services David Harvey both met with staff and volunteers at the delivery hub to watch them in action and thank the team for their work in supporting the community. 

Cllr Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council, said: 

“I continue to be amazed by the generosity and overwhelming support from our Westminster Connects volunteers. To see them work together with The Berkeley Hotel to produce and deliver thousands of meals for our most vulnerable residents really is inspiring. 

“I want to thank the team for their hard work in helping us support all those who need us during this incredibly tough time.”

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Housing Service at Westminster City Council, said:

 “The safety and welfare of our residents living in Westminster Housing is our utmost priority. We have over a thousand vulnerable residents living in sheltered and supported accommodation across the City and the new social distancing measures introduced due to Covid-19 have impacted everyone.
 
“We hope by delivering these meals, we can help ease the burden for our vulnerable residents and low income families. It was great to see our staff and volunteers work together with one of our local businesses to help those people who really need it.”

Help is available

We’re continuing to link residents requiring additional support for help with things they need to successfully stay safe at home and regularly checking-in on them.  In the first instance, if you or anyone you know needs help as a result of coronavirus, please email us at westminsterconnects@westminster.gov.uk, call 020 7641 1222 or send us the details online at www.westminster.gov.uk/ask-help (opens new window).

If you are concerned about an adult who you think requires social care and support or you have a safeguarding concern, telephone 020 7641 1444 or 020 7641 1175 or email: adultsocialcare@westminster.gov.uk.

If you are concerned about a child and you have a safeguarding concern, telephone: 0207 641 4000 or email accesstochildrensservices@westminster.gov.uk.