“I started working at KoSDT as a part-time Project Assistant on the KALM Project on the 9th March 2020. Prior to this, I volunteered at the Trust’s weekly Community Food Stop Café as an assistant chef.
Unfortunately, quite soon after my employment commenced, the country went into lockdown due to the outbreak of Covid-19. All KoSDT staff were advised to work from home but we knew that the pandemic would have an impact on the shopping habits of our residents. Many would simply not want to risk entering shop premises for fear of contracting the virus. Coupled with the fact that it was near impossible to book a supermarket home delivery slot, we knew that we had to continue to deliver our Community Larder service. The Larder remained open every Tuesday and Friday.
Due to safety and social distancing regulations, we had to introduce a booking system for our Larder clients. There was a dramatic increase in Larder appointments during the pandemic which shows that, there was and still is, a real need for this service in our community.
During my term of employment with KoSDT I have successfully completed a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) course and I am currently undertaking an online Microsoft Office Suite course.”