Eltham resident Eileen Glover has thanked Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) and partners for the support she has received through the Greenwich Community Hub.
Eileen, a former Eltham South councillor, found out about the Community Hub when she called RBG to find out about services available following the COVID-19 outbreak in March.
“I expected them to signpost me to some place; I didn’t realise they had an active Hub in operation but, of course, when they did I was very glad that they had and it was really good.”
Eileen, who is blind, found the shopping service provided by the Hub very useful, as she described not being able to order online through supermarkets at the time.
“That was a lifesaver,” explained Eileen. “You did my shopping; you’ve done that for some time now. I found that the shopping list was absolutely excellent, the volunteers were really good.”
Eileen explained that the Hub helped give her independence, meaning she didn’t have to rely on neighbours or friends to do her shopping for her.
Now, Eileen is able to order her shopping online through a supermarket which has developed an audio system allowing her to place an order online.
“I’ve got my second order coming in this week,” she said.
Eileen has also used the Hub to get to and from hospital appointments, being driven by CACT staff in the Rivervale minibus.
“That has been absolutely excellent. They’ve been really, really good. They’ve been very caring, very attentive, very helpful and I felt really supported.”
The Greenwich Community Hub is open 6 days a week from 8.30am-6pm. Residents in the Borough who need support during the COVID-19 pandemic can call the Hub on 0800 470 4831.