St. Modwen Homes, the housebuilder behind the 230-home Bennetts Fields development in South Ockenden, has donated £20,000 to Thurrock Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) to support vulnerable residents through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thurrock CVS supports around 500 voluntary, community and social enterprise groups in Thurrock. In March, the charity formed a strategic partnership with Thurrock Council to establish a highly effective community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA).

TCCA launched its community helpline on April 1st, providing support to Thurrock residents who are vulnerable due to self-isolation, have mental or physical health issues, or do not have the support of friends or family. Within three days of the helpline’s launch, TCCA recruited over 500 volunteers to support residents with shopping requests, medication collections, and befriending and welfare calls. To date, the project has supported over 3,000 vulnerable residents.

The charity is also working with individuals who feel anxious and dependent as a result of self-isolation to help build confidence and engage them with their community.

The £20,000 donation from St. Modwen Homes will enable the charity to continue running its Coronavirus community action service until the end of the year.

Kristina Jackson, Chief Executive Officer at Thurrock CVS, said:

“Although the lockdown is easing for many, we are still seeing a number of vulnerable residents requiring support. There has been an increase in residents with anxiety and mental health issues and TCCA provides a lifeline to these residents with volunteers making regular contact and checking in on them. This generous grant will let us keep running this service until at least the end of the year and allow us to keep helping Thurrock residents during this challenging time.”

Jeremy Atwater, Regional Managing Director – South at St. Modwen Homes, said:

“As a business, we are not just focused on building new homes, we are also building vibrant and sustainable communities for new and existing residents. It is incredible to see how quickly Thurrock CVS leapt into action to create a dedicated resource for residents struggling through COVID-19 and to see the significant impact that the charity has already made.”

For more information about Thurrock CVS, visit: https://thurrockcvs.org/

For more information about St. Modwen Homes, visit: https://www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk/