New shopping bus for the Thornton Heath elderly

Sainsbury’s Purley Way: Pic: Sahira Raja

Croydon Council is piloting a new shopping bus service for older people in Thornton Heath.

The three pound per trip service, which begins on March 11, has been introduced to support the health and well-being of people over the age of 60.

The Croydon Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum will be managing this shopping service.

Local residents over 60 who need help with their shopping will be picked up from their home, taken to the Sainsbury’s store in Purley Way and returned home, once they have completed their shopping.

“We are pleased to be working with the BME Forum to deliver this vital shopping service in Thornton Heath,” said Jane Avis, cabinet member for families, health and social care.

“Health and social care services such as these can be a lifeline to many, particularly older residents and those prone to loneliness.

“It is important for everyone to feel included in their community and not feel isolated due to a health issue that can restrict their mobility or prevent them from getting out of their home. We hope the shopping bus is a widely used service.”

Volunteers will be on-hand to take the residents around the shop if they request it.

The residents will also be able to sit down for a chat and be informed about other local activities they can participate in.

The shopping bus hopes to extend the service if it proves to be popular in Thornton Heath.

The BME Forum is also seeking more volunteers to support the service and assist older people on the bus and with their shopping.

Advanced bookings are required for the bus service, for more details and to book a seat contact Anna D’Agostino – or 020 8684 3719.

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