We are co-ordinating a massive community response across the county to make sure vulnerable residents are supported through the coronavirus outbreak.
And we're urging Derbyshire’s strong network of community groups, voluntary and business organisations to help by signing up to be part of the Derbyshire Community Response Unit.
Groups, organisations and businesses are being urged to get in touch if they can provide goods or offer to help deliver services such as:
- Food shopping and delivery
- Checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online to help prevent loneliness and check whether there is anything they need
- Collecting and delivering prescriptions
- Preparing meals
Community groups, businesses and other organisations would be part of the coordinated community response – which will also include volunteers from Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers, Peak 4x4, British Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance.
Any groups that think they may be able to help are asked to register their details – even if they have already been in touch to offer help.
Residents who could be helped by the Community Response Unit include those who are self-isolating because they, or a member of their household, is at risk from coronavirus. Support will be offered to residents struggling to meet their basic needs because of financial, social and health restrictions – including pregnant women, people with some underlying health conditions and those aged 70 or over.
Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Barry Lewis said:
“The resilience and generosity of Derbyshire people never ceases to amaze me – and it’s never been needed more.
“We need groups to volunteer to come forward to help the most vulnerable people in our community and support vital services during these uncertain times.
“It’s important that we all pull together and work to keep everyone as safe and protected as possible.
“We’ve already received some offers of help and I know there will be more of you keen to show that Derbyshire spirit.
“So if your group or organisation can help, please register your details at derbyshire.gov.uk/communityresponse – even if you’ve already offered to help – and join our army of volunteers.
Together, we will get through this.”
The rallying call comes as Derbyshire’s Local Resilience Forum, a multi-agency partnership of local public services including councils, the emergency services and the NHS, declared a ‘Major Incident’ this week in response to the coronavirus outbreak.