The Village Store Sandyballs, Fordingbridge
During the various lockdowns throughout the pandemic we were able to keep the Village Store open despite it being on a holiday park that was closed to visiting guests due to our desire to support our permanent residents. We have over 70 permanent residents on site, most of whom are elderly and as such were reluctant to loeave the site for fear of exposing themselves to the virus. We were able to provide a solution where residents could go somewhere on their doorstep to not only buy their essentials but be able to connect on a daily basis with others from outside their home. For the most vulnerable of our residents we were able to provide a self-managed delivery service and we still continue this so that these residents still do not have to worry about coming into contact with the large numbers of people we still have visiting the site. Our residents are very important to us and as so many of them remain regular customers (especially for newspapers in the morning) we enjoy being able to spend a couple of minutes with them, listening to their hopes & fears and looking as to how we can support them moving forwards.
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