Silsden Emergency Planning Group provides masks to local care homes

More than 1500 face masks have been distributed free to care homes in Silsden by the town’s emergency planning team.

Staff at Summerfield, The Raikes, The Gables and Springbank received the deliveries last week, after funding was provided for the project by the Harry Beverley Tillotson Trust.

Silsden Emergency Planning Group, which is running the Silsden Helpline and Silsden Chatterbox services during the Covid-19 emergency, applied for funding from the charity before sourcing and delivering the masks to help protect local care workers and residents.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We were delighted to help in supplying face masks to help protect local residents and staff in Silsden’s residential care homes and nursing homes. We have a great team of local volunteers here in Silsden all working hard to help and support residents during this ongoing crisis. If you or someone you know needs some help, please do call our Helpline on 01535 400 150.”

The Silsden Helpline was launched at the end of March and is available 7 days a week – local residents across Silsden, Steeton and Eastburn can call 01535 400 150. A virtual call centre made up of local volunteers in their own homes takes the details and then another volunteer is dispatched to help. The team has so far received more than 300 calls and helped with everything from shopping and collection of prescriptions to posting parcels, collecting pensions and pegging washing on the line.

More recently the group has added a Silsden Chatterbox service, where lonely and isolated residents can receive a regular call from a friendly volunteer – to check in that they’re alright and have a chat.

Find out more about the Silsden Helpline and Chatterbox service at

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