Bidston Councillors working together to tackle poverty

Across the Borough, communities have been decimated by the outbreak of Coronavirus. The pandemic has harmed people of all walks of life, and the effects have been physical, emotional and financial.

Those in insecure work, the self-employed and people already struggling to make ends meet have the constant headache of keeping food on the table, as well as keeping the lights on and the house warm.

Now Bidston and St James Councillors Julie McManus, Brian Kenny and Liz Grey are working to tackle this problem head on, volunteering at a local community centre to bring in food supplies that are distributed to those needing it most.

“We’ve been packing and delivering food parcels from the Little Centre on the Beechwood Estate,” Julie says with a palpable sadness that the service is needed at all. “We’ve been working alongside some of the RSLs, who have provided funding and we have now secured funding from the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram’s ‘LCR Cares’ fund. This will cover 4 weeks of food parcels and top up fuel vouchers for some of the most vulnerable individuals within our community.”

A massive thank you to Bidston & St James’ ward councillors for starting this initiative, and also to the volunteers that are also taking part, as well as the Social Landlords for their input. This is also another example of how the LCR Cares Fund is making a huge social impact across the City Region.

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