CHURCHES in Earley have unified to ‘spiritually and practically’ support locals in need, amidst the coronavirus lockdown.

With the support of Earley Town Council, the partnership between Trinity Church, Brookside Church, Lower Earley Baptist Church, St Nicolas’ Church, Bright Hope Church, Our Lady of Peace Church and Earley St Peters Church aims to help out the community in Earley as much as they can.

The partnership arises amongst the government’s decision to put the nation under lockdown on March 23, following numerous Covid-19 related deaths being recorded across the UK.

This news has meant that elderly and other vulnerable residents have been struggling with loneliness, as well as difficulties in getting essential supplies such as food and medication.

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To combat this, the volunteers have been busy collecting shopping, picking up medication, as well as listening to lonely locals, having friendly chats and praying with and for those in need.

Keith Wilson, 48, Minister for Lower Earley Baptist Church, said: “Earley Help Hub was set up by different local churches in Earley, in order to offer both spiritual and practical help.

“The impact of Covid-19 means some locals are finding it very difficult, so we are offering to chat, pray, as well as collect shopping and prescriptions.”

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All volunteers are checked by the churches for up-to-date health and safeguarding procedures, with briefings on how to help, ensuring they adhere to safety measures put in place by the Government.

Keith added: “We want to make sure no one is left struggling and feeling without help - there is help out there.”

For more information on how to help, or how to volunteer, contact 0749 3784 091 or email