Hubs have been set up in each district of Lancashire to help support the people who need it most during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The hubs are being managed and operated by local authority staff along with local community and NHS volunteers and will provide support for vulnerable people in our community who may be self isolating due to illness or who are at increased risk from coronavirus.
Contact details for Fylde Coast hubs:
- Blackpool: Corona kindness Freephone 0808 1963080 / firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Fylde: 01253 658448 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wyre: Wyre Together 01253 891000 / www.wyre.gov.uk/together
- LCC: In hours 0300 123 6720 or out of hours 0300 123 6722 / Acscustomer.email@example.com
At the same time the NHS has also set up the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme.
NHS Volunteer Responders have signed up to carry out four types of task. Two of the main tasks are:
- ‘Community Response’ – which involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home. This could act as a helpful complement to the food and pharmacy deliveries government is already coordinating for up to 1.5m people within the shielding group, who have been advised to remain at home and avoid all face to face contact.
- ‘Check-in and Chat’ – where volunteers provide short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation. This could help as your local area looks to provide social contact with the shielded vulnerable – I propose that volunteers should be able to commit to a weekly call to support someone who might be feeling lonely.