Trafford Libraries team steps up to reach residents in isolation

With Trafford’s libraries currently closed, many library staff have been redeployed to assist other council departments with their response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Last week members of the Libraries team called over 300 people across Trafford who had been instructed by the government to ‘shield’ due to being particularly vulnerable to the virus.

As a result, food parcels have now been arranged for 42 families in urgent need and over 100 people have been offered assistance to pick up prescriptions or medication.

Another frequent request was for newspaper delivery, and in this case residents were directed to Trafford Libraries free e-newspaper service, which can be accessed via the Library website.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said:

While some Council services have had to temporarily close due to the Covid-19 outbreak, others are in huge demand, and we’re grateful to the staff who have willingly been redeployed to new roles to assist this overall effort. Thank you.

Supporting the most vulnerable in our communities has been a key priority, and many of those contacted said how much they appreciated hearing a voice at the end of the phone during this difficult time.”

Posted on Thursday 9th April 2020