MP visits MegaCentre hub in Rayleigh

The MegaCentre in Rayleigh was visited today by Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Rt Hon Mark Francois to hear about the vital work being done by volunteers who have been helping some of the district’s most vulnerable residents.

The Rochford District Community Hub initiative has been mobilised in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 emergency by the MegaCentre, churches, local food banks, Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS), Rochford District Council and over 200 local volunteers from across the district, who have all signed up to support the local community where they can.

In addition to the volunteers answering the calls, there are active volunteers who are carrying out various tasks for residents who do not have friends or family nearby to provide support. The helpline is open to anyone, especially those families where circumstances have changed and a little support is now needed to help them manage.

Mr Francois said he was overwhelmed by the level of work being done by the local community. “This has been my first opportunity to see for myself how this community group has come together to protect and support our most vulnerable residents.

“I would urge anyone in the Rochford District that needs some additional help or support to contact the hub, they are here to help you.”

The helpline is available on 01268 779999 and is open 9am until 4pm, seven days a week.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, Cllr Mike Webb, said: “We have groups and volunteers who are working around the clock to provide a lifeline to those who need it most, working effectively with community groups and other local agencies.

“With over 400 calls since the hub launched, we know we are making a real difference to the lives of local residents at this very challenging and worrying time.

“Whether it is helping out by collecting medical prescriptions, delivering food parcels or just being someone at the end of the phone you can talk too, we are here to help and provide some extra support.

“If you are struggling, please don’t try to cope with this alone, our volunteer team is here to help.”


Mick Ferris

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