Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, in response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government direction, have launched a COVID-19 coordination hub to provide targeted support for those most at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.
The hub will have a specific focus on providing access to food, medicines and other supplies in the first instance. As well as co-ordinate the need to make sure there is adequate staff and resource capacity to serve a significant increased level of demand in critical service areas, such as the NHS and social care.
A plea is going out to people in our communities who will be experienced, qualified and/or willing to undertake public duties in a voluntary capacity who are willing and able to volunteer their time.
The hub will manage and co-ordinate the re-deployment of staff, community volunteers and resources to meet that demand, on behalf of the public sector. It will also pass on general offers of help and will work alongside existing voluntary and community groups to help maximise support for our local communities.
Most of us know someone who is aged over 70 or who falls within one of the other vulnerable groups listed by the Government. The hub aims to match people who can offer their time and specific skills with those who have been advised to self-isolate.
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The coordination hub has been set up as part of a network across the country at the request of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Adrian Chapman, service director for communities and safety for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, said: “We are seeing examples across the county of residents and communities setting up support groups which are working really effectively and mobilising people who can and want to support their neighbours.
“Our coordination hub will look at those in our communities with specific skills who are experienced or qualified and can help those who need our support at this incredibly difficult time.
“If you are someone who wants to help, but aren’t necessarily sure how, then please get in touch. We will match people to roles which they are comfortable with, ranging from food delivery to personal care.
“We also want to hear from voluntary groups who are doing good work in our communities who might be struggling to continue to offer support because of reduced numbers or resources.”
This is an uncertain time for everyone, but we can all do our bit to help those who really need our support.
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