More than 40 young people who were recently under the care of Bexley Council have been part of the frontline effort of key workers tackling the coronavirus pandemic in the borough.

According to the authority, 44 former care recipients aged between 18 and 25 have taken on roles including working in hospitals, care homes, testing centres, supermarkets, delivery services and waste removal since the lockdown began.

They join more than 1000 volunteers who signed up with Bexley Voluntary Service Council to provide help during the crisis.

The young workers’ efforts were praised by Bexley’s cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Philip Read, who said he was “extremely proud”. 

“These young people have taken on some of the most important roles during this difficult time. They have shown us all what they are made of and my thanks go out to them,” Cllr Read said. 

“We know they have had a difficult start to their lives and have often faced disruption to their education as well as other difficulties as they have grown up. This sometimes means that finding their feet in the world of employment isn’t easy. As a corporate parent, I’m extremely proud of all they are doing for their local community. They are a great example of those we clap for every Thursday evening.”

The news comes as Bexley Council, which currently supports 299 young people leaving care, appealed for more helpers to come forward and support them.

Those who think they could help a child or young person in care, either by becoming a foster carer or part of the authority’s Host and Support scheme, can visit

The authority also said local key businesses interested in taking on one of Bexley’s young care leavers are encouraged to contact 020 3045 3893 or 07971 329675.