Leigh Lions – maintaining service and helping the community in the current COVID-19 crisis

The Lions Club of Leigh on Sea continues to support the local community during the current COVID-19 pandemic, being amongst the first to offer service to the Southend Coronavirus Action Support team, which helps vulnerable or self-isolating individuals.

Community Chairman, Tim Watts, is leading the club’s contribution: “Some volunteer schemes are so inundated with offers they are struggling to process applications. We decided not to wait and contacted direct Southend’s Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) to register as an organisation. This enabled us to get out there fast.

“Many of our members are themselves in the higher risk categories, so our frontline team is small – but totally committed. So far, we have delivered food parcels, done shopping for individuals, collected prescription medicines and taken people to clinical appointments. We are in action seven days a week.

“The rest of the club stands ready to support phone-based befriending, something that will become even more important as the weeks of social distancing and isolation continue.

“We still meet twice a month online, which allows members to discuss and approve financial aid: we are very pleased to have been able to donate £1000 to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Appeal for our local hospitals.”

To get help, contact the Southend Coronavirus Action Support Line on 01702 212497 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 2pm. For those unable to use a phone due to hearing loss, email providecommunityaction@southend.gov.uk.

To learn more about Leigh Lions, email leighlionscommunity@gmail.com, and follow them on Facebook @leighonsealions. #WeServe. #StayHomeSaveLives

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