Ellie is Scarborough Morrison's community champion - this is what she is doing to help
Scarborough supermarket worker Ellie Waite is on a mission to boost community spirit.
Ellie is the Community Champion for Morrisons in Eastfield - a full-time role which sees her tasked with offering help to residents, charities, local groups and schools.
Her work includes organising shopping parcels for vulnerable people unable to shop online. Those in need can call, place their orders and have them delivered the next day.
This service has been particularly important since the pandemic, she said.
"With the doorstep deliveries, those people have become part of our family,” she said.
“They ring on a weekly basis and we can check they're OK. Then when their delivery comes, someone can have a chat with them on the doorstep.
“We've one couple who haven't left their house since March, apart from for hospital appointments.”
Ellie has also been busy meeting councillors and residents to draw up a Scarborough community plan addressing what the store can do to help in the area.
One issue raised has been the number of dumped trolleys causing a blight on neighbourhoods so Ellie has been out in the streets collecting the discarded wheeled carriers from around Eastfield, returning them to the store.
She has been working with food banks and several charities in need of shopping parcels to find out which items are the most in demand. She then parcels these up ready for shoppers to buy and donate.
She has plenty more projects planned, including beach clean-ups and inviting youngsters into the store to learn about healthy eating and career opportunities.
Ellie is urging charities and community groups to get in touch to find out more about how they can apply for grants from the supermarket’s charity foundation or if they are in need of raffle prizes.
A Facebook page has been launched - Morrisons Scarborough Community page - where people can find out more and post issues they would like addressed.
To contact Ellie, email [email protected] or call 07811 715528.