ECT Charity (ECT) is reaching out to our partners and passengers in local communities to determine how we can help in these unprecedented times.
Encouraged by our staff, who have expressed their desire to offer support, we have been speaking to community groups, passengers, councils and health authorities across the communities where we operate in Ealing, Dorset and Cheshire.
These messages have been gratefully received and we are keen to help in whatever way we can. Community transport is a front-line service and ECT has always proudly served the most vulnerable and isolated members of our communities.
The Prime Minister has suggested that some schools may be open to help with childcare for key workers or to help families who rely on additional social care support day-to-day. This means, for example, that we may be asked to adapt our community transport to play a part in meeting these needs.
Anna Whitty, CEO of ECT Charity, said: “Our message is clear – we are here to help and we are flexible. As a charity delivering essential services to the most vulnerable members of our communities, it is our responsibility to be there for those who need us the most.”
In a personal message to all the charity’s staff, Mrs Whitty paid tribute to their spirit and dedication: “I want to thank you wholeheartedly for your continued commitment and support,” she wrote. “Many of you have asked if there is anything that we as a charity could be doing to help our vulnerable passengers who are at home alone. We have been very touched by your offers of help. Please continue to share your ideas on what we could be doing for our communities.”
As the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, ECT is closely monitoring the situation and continuously reviewing Government, NHS and ACAS websites and other credible sources to remain up-to-date on developments and guidance.
The charity’s priority is to keep staff and passengers safe, including strict hygiene and cleaning processes to minimise the risks for our vulnerable passengers and the community more widely.
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