A project set up to help vulnerable residents and those in need opened up in Harwich today.
The first Winter Warmers pop-up shop was operated in Clacton towards the end of last year and proved a great success assisting more than 400 people in just two weeks.
Now it has been transferred to Tendring District Council’s (TDC) office in Waddesdon Road and was launched by TDC’s Cabinet Member for Health and Community Safety Lynda McWilliams along with Latrice Edwards from the CAB.
The Winter Warmers project is a joint initiative between the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and TDC.
The Harwich pop-up shop will also be supported and run in partnership with Les Nicoll, Community Connector for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
It will collect food, clothes, blankets and other goods to hand out to families on benefits and low incomes in the area.
Cllr McWilliams said that following the success in Clacton she is delighted that residents in the Harwich area will now benefit.
“This really is a team effort between the Council and its partners in this project and one we are all very proud of,” she said.
“The aim is to help as many families as possible, some of whom are amongst our most vulnerable residents.”
The project originally came about under the Community Builder Trial which received £53,000 from Essex County Council in a bid to develop stronger communities in Tendring.
A Community Builder, Diane Boyd has been employed to work with two Apprentice Community Connectors to identify examples of good practice and areas where communities need support.
The aim is help them to become more resilient and sustainable, and ultimately less reliant on the statutory services.
“It will be a new challenge in Harwich but it is one that we are up for and the young people from the Community Action Group who helped us in Clacton will be on board again,” added Ms Boyd.