We were glad to be able to coordinate volunteers and those in need during the first lockdown and so are seeking to offer similar support this time. Generous partnership working is essential in difficult times and we are very thankful for the generous support of local groups, both our supermarkets and other businesses.
We are recruiting and training volunteers to help those in need – especially those self-isolating at home. We need people able to offer practical support as well as those able to stay in touch with people on the phone.
We are designing community-wide coverage so that we are able to help people across the widest area possible. Many villages already have groups co-ordinating help and so where possible we will signpost people to local people.
We are training our volunteers and agreeing sensible safeguarding arrangements. We are also preparing to offer emotional support our volunteers
We will be contacting all local residents to make contact with us so that we can help. It may be a regular phone call or weekly groceries, or perhaps collection of medical prescription.
We will not be able to offer medical services or immediate emergency help. We cannot replace calling 999 or 111.