A COMMUNITY enterprise organisation has formed a Covid-19 emergency response group to help people.

Sacriston Enterprise Workshops CIC , founded by four not-for-profit organisations, already offered a range of support services, activities and initiatives.

Now the four enterprises, Live Well NE, Woodshed Workshop CIC, Sacriston Youth Project and RecycLD, have diverted resources to helping people impacted by the current pandemic under the project of Food for Thought.

The initiative, which has already helped hundreds of people is being co-ordinated from the Old Cooperative Building.

Current support includes free care packages including non-perishable foods, hygiene products, baby/toddler supplies, fresh milk, eggs, bread, cleaning products, pet supplies.

There is a free hot healthy food delivery service from Nettlesworth Community Centre kitchen, a telephone befriending service, personal shopping services, activity packs, and prescription collection and delivery from Sacriston Medical Centre and Boots Pharmacy.

Nathan Hopkins, managing director of Woodshed Workshop CIC, said “The speed and extent of the lockdown meant that many people, mostly elderly or vulnerable people, were unable to prepare adequately and suddenly found themselves isolated.

“What we wanted to do was make sure they had a link to the outside world and access to basic essentials.

“We were all adamant on offering something for everyone, regardless of age, socio-economic circumstances, disabilities, or any other barriers they may face.

“The service is quick, easy to use and we do no means test, everyone is treated as an equal and a priority.”

The group is already looking ahead to the next six months and how services are delivered to aid community recovery.

Durham County Councillor and Sacriston Enterprise Workshop director, Heather Liddle, said: “Our community comes together in a crisis, working alongside each other to overcome any obstacles.”

To find out more about the services available email enquiries@sacristonenterpriseworkshops.co.uk or call 0191-909-7474.