Helping Halewood – a lifeline to many

For many years, Torrington Drive Community Association (TDCA) based in Halewood have been providing much needed support to their community. 

When the coronavirus hit back in February and many people were forced to shield and self-isolate in their own homes TDCA once again rose to the significant challenge brought about by lockdown.

Over the past 17 weeks, from their base at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, TDCA have provided over 5,000 cooked meals to members of their community. 

Delivered directly to residents homes in a socially distanced way, it quickly became clear to the members and volunteers of TDCA that the need was much greater than first thought. 

Responding and adapting speedily to this increased demand, what started off as supplying 40 families quickly grew and currently teams of volunteers deliver meals three times a week to over 210 families, racking up over 1,600 hours of voluntary time.

But that hasn’t been all, in addition to over 5,000 cooked meals, in partnership with The Knowsley Kitchen, TDCA have provided over 150 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, in addition to a weekly delivery of fresh bread and milk to almost 200 families every week.

In this incredible response to families, children in the Halewood community were not forgotten. 

During the Easter period, over 300 Easter eggs were delivered to children and in an immediate and unprecedented response to the issue of ‘holiday hunger’, 337 packed lunches were delivered to children during the half term holiday together with colouring and mindfulness books to children who would otherwise have had lunch in school.  

The work of the association was referenced recently in Parliament by Maria Eagle, MP for Garston and Halewood, this incredible response by TDCA, and in particular their doorstep contact with families has been a lifeline to very many.

A local resident said: “Many thanks for taking care of us during these last few months. Seeing your smiley faces, has brought us so much joy. 

“The meals have been tasty and the fresh fruit and vegetables have been a welcome addition to our family diets”.

In paying tribute to the members and volunteers of TDCA for their unselfish support to the Halewood community, the chairperson, Gary Connor, also thanked the many private donations and those organisations who provided financial support including The Steve Morgan Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund, and the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayors fund, LCR Cares.  

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