Staff support local community with generous donations

Staff at South Essex College have donated food, toiletries and other essentials to support Age Concern Southend, in response to the recent events surrounding COVID-19. 

Generous contributions of toiletries, soups, cereals, UHT Milk, biscuits, teabags and tinned food have been collected to help the charity create care packages for vulnerable members of the community.

Age Concern Southend provides support, advice and services to older people in Southend and the surrounding communities. 

Vicky Graves, Human Resources Operation Manager at the college brought the initiative to the college and has been a befriender of the charity for more than four years.

She said: “Having seen all of the images on social media of empty shelves and low stock, with those most vulnerable unable to get basic supplies, I reached out to Age Concern Southend to see if the college could help. 

“I emailed all the staff here at the Southend campus and was overwhelmed with the response. Even in the face of adversity, the staff at South Essex College are still as thoughtful as ever – it makes me very proud to work here.”