The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to the Wiltshire Council on Monday, thanking the staff there for their work for the county during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Clarence House, Wiltshire Council organised and facilitated over 420 community and voluntary groups throughout Wiltshire during the height of the pandemic, and the supporting toolkits that resulted from these initiatives have been heralded across the United Kingdom as “examples of best practice.”
During her visit, Camilla met with staff members who had been shifted to a seven-day contact centre at the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub. These staff members made contact with over 24,000 of Wiltshire’s most vulnerable residents. Other staff members tasked to education and care were also a part of the meeting, as were staff who helped to set-up and provide support to over 420 community and voluntary groups that helped out throughout the pandemic.
The Wiltshire Council website notes that over 1,400 food parcels were delivered to vulnerable residents through the support of over 450 voluntary groups.
“It was a huge honour to welcome The Duchess of Cornwall to Wiltshire Council,” said Terence Herbert, the Wiltshire Council Chief Executive in a statement on the Council’s website. “I am incredibly proud of the work undertaken by our staff during the pandemic and this visit provided us with an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the many services who have contributed to the council’s response.”
Herbert continued, “Many staff were working seven days a week during the pandemic and many services are still operating a seven-day rota now as we continue to see cases increase again across the country. I am extremely grateful to my staff for all the hard work and commitment they have shown and continue to show during the current crisis. It was wonderful to see this recognised in such a way today.”
Camilla also met with Constable Keir Pritchard, the Wiltshire Police Chief, and Councillor Peter Fuller, the Mayor of Trowbridge during her visit.