Partnership working ensures residents are looked after

Telford & Wrekin Council is celebrating Co-operatives Fortnight, from 22 June – 5 July.

Telford & Wrekin is a proud co-operative council and we know the value of partnership working. This has never been a greater need for co-operative and partnership working than during the coronavirus pandemic.

During the coronavirus outbreak, Telford & Wrekin Council has been working co-operatively with partners to ensure that local residents are looked after during this uncertain time.

In March, at the beginning of lockdown, the Council awarded emergency grants to charities that work to support the homeless and rough sleepers and Telford Crisis Network to help them cope with the coronavirus outbreak and continue the work they do.

The Crisis Network is a partnership of local service providers from public, private and third sector organisations who work to provide a range of services, including emergency food, emergency shelter, temporary accommodation and advice and support to resolve financial crises. This grant money was in addition to funding support the Council already provides to the Telford Crisis Network.

Additionally, the borough’s Rough Sleepers Task Force, which comprises Telford & Wrekin Council, Maninplace and STAY Telford, have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure that emergency accommodation is in place to help those who are rough sleeping to get off the streets.

Cllr David Wright, cabinet member for Housing, Transport & Infrastructure, said:

“It is vital we support everyone to stop the spread of this virus including anyone who is vulnerable, such as people who, without accommodation, may be at greater risk.

“By working co-operatively with our partners, we have eradicated rough sleepering on the borough’s streets.”

Co-operatives UK want to harness the positive behaviour seen during the coronavirus pandemic to change society for the better as we rebuild, that’s why they’re encouraging everyone to #KeepCooperating.

Throughout Co-operative Fortnight we are sharing stories about the ways that the Council has worked co-operatively over the past few months to support our local community during these uncertain times. 

Council leader, Shaun Davies, said:

“As a co-operative council we believe that co-operation and partnership is the right way to do business. It’s in our DNA. 

“The coronavirus outbreak has shown what can happen when we all co-operate and I hope we can build on this to create something better together.”