Acton Gardens community comes together to fight coronavirus

Published on 06/04/2020

Residents at Acton Gardens, the 52-acre regeneration scheme by L&Q and Countryside, have pulled together in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, forming a network of volunteers to support elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Shereen Serry has lived in the area since 2007 initially on the South Acton estate, before moving into a new home managed by housing association L&Q.

When she realised that a mutual aid group didn’t exist at Acton Gardens, she set up a Whatsapp group and was amazed when over 150 people joined in the space of a few days.

The group, which is now up and running, works in unison with young people and staff from the Bollo Brook Youth Centre in receiving supplies from the Felix Project, a food distribution charity, every Tuesday and Thursday.

The volunteers have made use of the local facilities available at Acton Gardens, a partnership between L&Q and Countryside to regenerate the former South Acton Estate. The food is dropped off at the Acton Gardens community centre, and then sorted by a small group of volunteers, working carefully to respect social distancing rules.

Following this, drivers arrive to collect the supplies, and distribute them locally to people in need.

So far, the group is helping a large number of residents, including elderly people and residents with health or financial difficulties.

They’ve now set up a Facebook page, which is proving a useful forum for members to stay connected and share advice and tips with each other.

Shereen and the group have ambitions to go further and are planning a food service with chefs preparing meals in advance for people. They are also in talks with local shops about additional food donations.

Shereen Serry said, “The community has really come together at such a frightening time. We know there are many elderly and vulnerable neighbours amongst us and we want everyone to feel they have someone they can reach out to. Together we can achieve so much.’’