Labour Leader Keir Starmer visited Sheffield to check-out the exciting developments in the city centre and to see the vaccination program being run out of St Columba’s Church in Crosspool.
Local activist and Labour Candidate for Crookes and Crosspool Ruth Milsom, welcomed Keir to St Columba’s and commented afterwards:
“It was great to have Keir visit our area and see for himself the great work of volunteers at St Columba’s in helping deliver vaccinations.
“We discussed the fantastic work that my colleague, Councillor Anne Murphy, did when the pandemic started in establishing Community Hubs at St Columba’s and at a church in Crookes. The hubs and other organisations like the Mutual Aid groups that I helped organise a year ago have been absolutely vital in providing on-the-ground practical help and signposting for local residents.
“Keir was clearly impressed by the incredibly cheerful and efficient NHS and volunteer vaccination team we have in Crosspool – this is our local community at its best.”
Over the course of the pandemic Sheffield Councillors have worked with the Voluntary, Community and Faith Groups, to ensure people get the right help for food deliveries, medicine, or mental and emotional wellbeing.
More than 20,000 calls made to dedicated council helpline service resulting in:
✓ Over 2,000 shopping deliveries ✓ Over 1,000 medicine deliveries ✓ Over 5,000 ‘Safe and Well’ visits
And when the government have failed to act, Labour councillors have ensured that the Council has stepped in: – providing 6,000 laptops to children to access home schooling, and provided freeschool meal vouchers to over 22,000 children over school holidays (including this Easter), and we have provided additional support from council funds to residents struggling to pay for heating, utilities, or food, via unique Sheffield hardship schemes.
Keir Starmer spoke in Sheffield about this work and stated:
“Here with the council being in Labour hands you have seen a council that has stood by people during the pandemic – communities, delivering food, businesses that needed support, so you have seen the difference it made at the time when people most needed it”