County Durham’s fire service has come to the rescue of a local café thanks to a new volunteering unit aiming to support local organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.
The partnership was set up by County Durham Together as part of its work to match organisations in need with businesses and individuals who have volunteered their services and resources.
The new unit aims to provide support for organisations which need additional help to continue their work across local communities and offers a route for businesses to provide support.
It is now helping a Chester-le-Street organisation deliver food parcels to vulnerable residents across the county, after they asked for support with reliable drivers.
Nikki Dravers from the REfUSE café submitted her request for drivers to get as many meals and food boxes to households that are struggling financially, have poor health or disabilities or those unable to leave the house to access shopping.
REfUSE is Durham’s branch of The Real Junk Food Project, a network of organisations challenging levels of food waste by turning it into healthy meals, served on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.