A SHELTERED housing provider has transformed its normal lunch clubs into a much-needed meals on wheels service for its residents during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Alpha Living provides housing for over 55s, with the majority of residents being over 70 and falling into the category of those most at risk from the virus. It has 13 developments across Wirral.
Government and NHS advice to keep people safe has meant the landlord has had to close its communal lounges and cancel the popular lunch clubs in all of its developments.
However, repairs team staff who would usually be carrying out maintenance work at the developments have stepped in to act as delivery drivers providing a hot meal a day for all residents who need one.
John Waite has been redeployed from the repairs team to deliver meals to residents
Alpha’s chef, Danni Allanson has risen to the challenge with enthusiasm and vigour and instead of cooking the usual 20 meals a day is now cooking, packaging and labelling over 100 a day. Together the team deliver these meals to developments across Wirral on a daily basis.
Graeme Foster, chief executive from Alpha Living said: “This is an incredibly tough and worrying time for our residents, but the resilience and community spirit they are showing is truly inspiring.
“The lunch clubs were a really important social activity, but also made sure people had access to a hot meal. We wanted to do all we can to keep them going so the staff here have stepped in set up the meals on wheels service in just a few days. It is providing a huge amount of comfort and reassurance to residents and their loved ones.
Christy Harris, Danni Allanson and Barbara Myles (left-right) cooking food for Alpha Living
“We also know that around one in 10 of our residents do not have regular contact with a family member. We are making sure we talk on the phone with people each day or face to face where possible, but from a safe distance. Our staff working on the frontline have been amazing, and are going above and beyond to look after people’s physical and mental health at this challenging time.”
The team at Alpha are also supporting residents by carrying out shopping trips, visiting pharmacies and making daily phone calls to residents to combat loneliness and isolation.
For more information about Alpha visit www.alpha-living.co.uk