Volunteers hand Doncaster 'Windrush' pensioners a lockdown boost through Caribbean meals scheme

Pensioners from Doncaster’s ‘Windrush generation’ have been given a helping hand through lockdown – with a weekly shipment of Caribbean food.

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 1:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 2:11 pm

Members of the voluntary organisation Second Generation arranged for deliveries over an eight week period, with specialist chefs from local restaurants putting the food together.

Second generation are a group of volunteers who formed to support the Windrush Generation who helped rebuild post-war in Doncaster, back in the 1950s and 60s.

Its members secured funding from South Yorkshire Community Foundation to help supply traditional West Indian food with dishes like jerk chicken.

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Alex Watson delivering one of the meals

It meant one hot meal was supplied each Friday for an eight week period to the elderly and vulnerable, during the coronavirus emergency.

The food was supplied by Caribbean Twist on Nether Hall Road, Room7 @ Rum Rooms at Market Road, and Devon’s Kitchen on High Street, Bentley, and 60 meals are supplied and delivered each week by the Second Generation group.

Marcia Watson, one of the volunteers carrying out deliveries, said: “The weekly food delivery has been well received and appreciated and gives the volunteers the opportunity to check in on our elderly and vulnerable community, that they are ok, if any other support can be offered and a friendly chat is always welcome as some are living alone and look forward to that weekly contact while observing social distancing.”

Fellow volunteer Alex Watson added he was hoping that they may be able to extend the scheme, which had arisen from a casual conversation on social media after a member had heard about the grants scheme.

Meals ready to go out for delivery by Second Generation