The Council’s Community Response Cell are working quickly to compile a list and interactive map of community groups and services that can provide help and assistance to those in need during this time.
In order to do this we need to ensure that we are aware of all groups that are currently helping in the community and what assistance they are able to provide. We are putting this together on a ward by ward basis.
Please could I ask you to inform us urgently of any groups you are aware of in your district ward or neighbouring area. It would be helpful if you could work with other ward councillors to provide a combined response so that we get the best possible picture for each ward. As appropriate you might like to work across neighbouring wards, for example to give a picture of a what is going in a town or urban area. You may also like to liaise with your Town and Parish Councils.
This will enable us to start identifying any geographical gaps in community support. Where you think there may be gaps, please advise us (using the SDC email address below, please do not reply to me). Please also advise (using the same SDC email address) if you think there are any issues or types of vulnerable person that are not being covered by the current approach.
The information we need is set out below, please could you provide as much information as you have about each group of which you are aware.
Geographical area that the group is able to cover:
What can the group help with? (the categories below are those on the Gloucestershire County Council Community Help Hub Portal)
- Providing food and other general supplies
- Delivering food and other general supplies
- Picking up a prescription
- Walking their dog
- Putting out their bins
- Taking in a parcel
- Phoning, Skyping or Face-timing so they can see/hear a friendly face
- Checking if any of their planned appointments have been cancelled before they travel
Please inform us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the community help hub portal https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/.
Please could I take this opportunity to remind you that if you are aware of anyone who requires support, please ask them or help them to register with the Community Help Hub Portal so we can match their needs with the right support groups in their area. Thank you.