RESIDENTS of Acton Gardens, the 52-acre regeneration scheme in South Acton, are pulling together in the coronavirus pandemic by forming a network of volunteers to support the elderly and vulnerable.

Shereen Serry has lived in the area since 2007, initially on the South Acton estate, before moving into a new home managed by housing association L&Q.

When she realised a mutual aid group didn’t exist at Acton Gardens, she set up a Whatsapp group and was amazed when more than 150 people joined in a few days.

The group works in collaboration with young people and staff from the Bollo Brook Youth Centre in receiving supplies from the Felix Project, a food distribution charity, every Tuesday and Thursday.

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Food is dropped off at the Acton Gardens community centre and sorted by a small group of volunteers, before drivers distribute it.

Shereen and the group are now planning a food service, with chefs preparing meals in advance for people. They are also in talks with local shops about additional food donations.

She said: “The community has really come together at such a frightening time. Together we can achieve so much.’’

Acton Gardens is being developed by L&Q and Countryside.