Several groups across Preston are helping their local community during the Covid19 pandemic. Podio Preston has been talking to some of these groups to find out more about what they are doing and we will be letting you know about more of them over the next few weeks.
The Larches and Savick Community Association(LASCA) is a volunteer led organisation that was set up over fifteen years ago. Prior to the introduction of social distancing the group ran a youth club, activities for elderly residents, community food markets and other community events.
LASCA with Ashton Primary School is one of the 22 food hubs funded by Preston City Council (PCC) that have been set up over the last few weeks. Ashton Primary contacts other schools in the area to find out how many families need food bags ensuring that those in need receive food during the school closure. The first week the food hub was set up the volunteers had requests for 64 food bags from local schools. The food is ordered from Fareshare and collected by volunteers, only 2 volunteers at a time and the headteacher pack up the food to ensure that correct social distancing practice is followed. When the food bags are packed and ready staff from the other local schools come and collect them for distribution.
The food hub also receives referrals from PCC and local residents who are not able to go out are also helped with tinned and dried food. Over Easter LASCA volunteers delivered Easter eggs to elderly residents and children that attend their youth club. When social distancing restrictions are lifted LASCA hope to resume their usual community food markets.
The Help in Preston website https://helpinpreston.com/ will signpost you to where you can obtain help.
Podio Preston would like to know how other groups are helping their local community. Please contact Podio Preston via our Facebook or e mail info@PodioPreston.com