Waitrose Guildford’s Community Matters programme is still helping those in need despite the suspension of their popular “green tokens” scheme during lockdown.  This month the town centre store recognised the much in demand “Community Angels” project, a befriending service to help those who are tackling loneliness and social isolation.  

Waitrose Community Champions presented Anne Thornton, from the Chaplaincy’s growing Community Angels project, with a massive cheque for £333 to support their work.

Anne thanked Waitrose for their gift adding: “It is such a challenging time for the whole community and so we are very grateful that Waitrose has chosen to support Community Angels at this particular time.   Our project has seen a 300% increase in demand for our befriending work during a period when our traditional fundraising events have had to be cancelled.   This is such an endorsement of the work of our 60 trained volunteers who are reaching out to provide those in need with tailor-made support.  Even before the arrival of coronavirus, we were seeing a huge demand for visits from our “Community Angels” reflecting a national increase of feelings of insecurity in people of all ages.  Our volunteer Angels seek to reassure and re-engage people with their community, to enable them to live a full life.   We hope to be able to return to making home visits as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we continue to take referrals from individuals, from social services, from the police and other organisations, directing support to the areas of greatest need”

Anyone able to help support the work of Community Angels in the town reaching out the vulnerable by donating or volunteering should visit https://gtcc.org.uk