Councillor Rita Begum
Councillor Rita Begum

“I am helping 3 elderly residents in Randolph Avenue by delivering food as they are very old and aren’t able to go out. St Peter’s Church on Elgin Avenue has got a lot of food supply so I was able to get fresh vegetables for a 67-year-old Carribean lady, together with some pasta, baked beans and toilet rolls. I am also helping an 84-year-old gentleman who needed vegetables, bread, jam, tuna, toilet rolls, shampoo and oil. And I was able to drop off some food to a 76-year-old man who is struggling to walk.

After speaking to the manager of Gail’s bakery on Elgin Avenue, he has offered to give left overs to elderly residents if they came along at 6pm in the evening.

I have been speaking with the Maida Vale Tenant Management Organisations and they told me what they are doing and how the elderly residents are coping. The TMOs are also arranging food and essentials for some of the most older residents. Some people just prefer a call as this gives them reassurance that someone is looking out for them.

I have noticed that some people don’t pick up phone calls to unknown numbers and it maybe that’s why they are missing out on Westminster Connects calls. 

Finally, I am helping a disabled husband and wife in Fourth Avenue who don’t speak English. I was able to pick up some rice packs for them and dropped them off at their flat. I will keep checking on them and others by phone.”

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