The organiser of a community support group has said she’s concerned about the growing demand for support as the economic impact of coronavirus bites.
Nicola Spurr is helping to organise an army of 400 volunteers who make up the Bayswater Mutual Aid group helping their community just two miles from Charing Cross.
She said local food banks have suffered as people haven’t been able to get out and about to donate goods due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
“Two weeks in, there is a growing need as people run out of food and money,” she said, adding that “there are lots of pensioners and lots of pockets of deprivation and huge housing estates.”
Her team has been leafleting estates as they are concerned about reaching residents who are not online to help prevent people falling through the cracks.
Ms Spurr said: “It does not feel very co-ordinated, it feels very disparate the things that are happening.”
The Mutual Aid group raised £200 from volunteers initially and used it to give out £10 Tesco shopping vouchers.
And it has now had a grant from the Paddington Development Trust to pay for food parcels.
“In two-and-a-half weeks we have done a remarkable thing, we have links with councillors and the One Westminster charity and St Mary’s hospital through their charitable arm and links with Waitrose who have provided some food,” said Ms Spurr.
The council said it was "setting up a system to connect volunteers to those who need help.” It has published an online map of community and charity support along with pharmacies and supermarkets.