BRADFORD South MP Judith Cummins has visited the Bradford South Coronavirus Response Hub, based at Sedbergh Sports and Leisure Centre, to thank staff and volunteers for their response to the coronavirus crisis.

The hub, one of five across the district, is co-ordinating the council and voluntary response to coronavirus in the constituency. Key functions of the hub include preparing food parcels for people being ‘shielded’, making befriending calls to help deal with isolation, and co-ordinating volunteers in the community.

Judith thanked the staff and volunteers at the hub who are contributing so much to the effort to help keep people safe through this pandemic.

She was impressed by the efforts of the team to reach young people through garden gate visits, video calls and connecting them to virtual groups.

The MP met with Mick Charlton, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator at Bradford Council, Liz Parker, a Ward Officer, and Anthony Casson, an Advanced Youth Worker in Bradford South.

She said: “It was great to see first-hand the work being done to keep people in Bradford South fed, supported and connected. The Council, alongside local community groups and volunteers, are working flat out to support our community.

“The one thing that the hub needs right now is more volunteers to go shopping for those residents that cannot go out. If you can help pick up shopping in Bradford South please ring 01274 431000.”

“These are challenging times but local residents should know that there is an excellent support system in place to help those who need it. I will continue to push the Government to give local authorities and community groups the financial support they need.”