COVID-19 Walton Aid

Updated 22/05/20


… is now closed, as we were only allowed to run the initiative for six weeks. Walton Community Library Trustees and Working for Walton C.I.C. have financially contributed equally to this project. In addition, Walton residents have very generously given the equivalent of £950 in food/ money. We are indebted to Cherry Tree Stores for assisting in the collection of food and to St Paul’s Church for storage and distribution. Eighty five food parcels (170 large carrier bags) will have been distributed to families in the village as identified by Walton Primary Academy through the food aid initiative. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved.


In excess of 200 requests for shopping, prescriptions and ‘keeping in touch’ telephone calls have been fulfilled since the start of the lockdown. New requests continue to be made and COVID-19 Walton Aid will continue to assist residents for the foreseeable future.

Updated 02/05/20


… is intended to be temporary service supplying emergency provision for an unprecedented situation. We hope to run this service for 6 weeks and have made arrangements to distribute the provisions in Walton.

This initiative is initially being funded by Working for Walton and Walton Community Library. We are supported by Walton Primary Academy and our local churches.

If you can help us with a contribution of anything from the list of essential, non-perishable, foods below we would be very appreciative.

  • Cereal,
  • Soup,
  • Pasta,
  • Rice,
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce,
  • Tinned Tuna,
  • Tinned meat,
  • Tinned vegetables,
  • Tea/coffee,
  • Tinned fruit,
  • Biscuits,
  • UHT milk,
  • UHT Fruit juice,
  • non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products.

Drop off points;

CTS LOCAL, Shay Lane

Barnabas rooms. 10.30 to 11am on Fridays only.

Thank you for your continuing generosity.

Updated 24/04/20

Since the last update our fantastic team of hardworking volunteers have been supporting lots of residents in Walton with shopping, collecting prescriptions and providing a friendly voice at the end of the phone.

If any Walton resident would like to get involved in sewing items for the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, please find the link to the guidance here.

We also launched the toiletries appeal and we were overwhelmed with the incredible response from Walton villagers. Your fantastic efforts resulted in the collection of shower gels, shampoos, moisturisers and more for Pinderfield’s staff and patients. Thanks so much! 🌈

We are about to launch Walton Food Aid, more information to follow soon.

Updated 28/03/20

Working for Walton with support from Walton Community Library and our local Churches are helping coordinate volunteers to facilitate Covid-19 Walton Aid for our lovely village. Please note this is not a Working for Walton initiative we are working under the UK wide guidance of Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK and Covid-19 Mutual Aid-Wakefield Working Together.

We have divided the village into 22 separate WhatsApp groups covering all areas of Walton who will support their immediate area to minimise movement. It is expected that these groups will facilitate the support needed within their local neighbourhoods.

Each WhatsApp Group has up to 3 Co-ordinators (depending on the size of their Area/ Neighbourhood). Co-ordinator responsibilities can be found here. Co-ordinators have safely distributed an introduction leaflet to each of their households with their area sharing their name and phone number with neighbours (in line with the guidelines from the COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK, see below – Distributing Leaflets).

Within each WhatsApp group we also have a number of Volunteers. In total we have nearly 190 volunteers across all the COVID-19 Walton Aid WhatsApp groups. Volunteer responsibilities can be found here.

The purpose of each WhatsApp group is to provide support to Walton residents who:

a. Are self-isolating because they have symptoms of coronavirus or they have a confirmation that they have COVID-19.

b. Have been advised by the NHS or they are following Government advice to self-isolate for 12 weeks because they fall into a vulnerable category.

If you are a Walton resident who falls into category a or b this is the support that you can expect from COVID-19 Walton Aid here.

Any activity that COVID-19 Walton Aid undertakes must be carried out safely and within strict guidelines. This page will be updated on a regular basis in relation to any safety guidelines. However, please note the following information from the National Covid Mutual Aid website.

SAFEGUARDING: All local groups should read through this guide to safeguarding for mutual aid groups produced from by the National Food Service.

DATA PROTECTION: Do NOT pass on personal data from volunteers & those requesting help to anyone, especially other organisations or institutions. This includes making sure you do not pass on information to your local council or government body. Your council can support your group without needing to know specifics of who you are supporting directly.

A basic guide to data protection for mutual aid groups – once again produced by the National Food Service – is available here.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly before taking leaflets out of the printer and put the leaflets directly into a ziploc bag (a small pile up to about 40).
  • Don’t stockpile excess leaflets.

Distributing Leaflets 

It is important to follow safety guidelines when distributing leaflets to ensure that as far as possible we are not exposing people to the virus and putting anyone at more harm. Here are some guidelines that everyone distributing leaflets should follow. You should not do this if you are ill at all.

  • Do not leaflet if you are unwell at all, even if you’re only experiencing mild symptoms.
  • Leaflets should be stored in smaller piles within ziploc bags
  • Listen to social distancing guidelines and don’t leaflet in large groups. When leafleting in small groups, avoid physical contacts or exchanging resources.
  • Make sure to wash your hands well before starting leafleting and use hand sanitiser if you are able to at regular intervals.
  • Only one person should handle leaflets from each ziplocked pack, putting them directly from the bag through the door for each house and minimising contact as far as possible
  • Make sure to wash your hands after you are finished too

Please also note that everyone connected to COVID-19 Walton Aid is volunteering to help and support Walton residents in response to this national crisis. We are using are best endeavours to ensure the correct safeguards are in place and we expect everyone involved in COVID-19 Walton Aid to follow the guidelines outlined on this page and any attached links.

Working for Walton have gifted this website page (and some of its infrastructure) to COVID-19 Walton Aid for ease and the need to urgently respond in these unprecedented times. Working for Walton bears no personal responsibility for any acts carried out by COVID-19 Walton Aid.

If anyone has any questions, please contact and someone will aim to answer your query as soon as practicable.

Chris Dews milk delivery, Overtown Grange Farm, Walton (07557 964 053) has some availability to deliver to local residents milk, orange juice, bread & eggs

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