by Steff on 25 March, 2020
|1. Be a great neighbour|
The most immediate form of help that residents can provide to their community during this time is to look out for vulnerable neighbours.
Join the County Council and EDP’s ‘Here to Help’ campaign by supportin a neighbour who is self-isolating. You can download a two-sided or one-sided postcard to tell them that they are available. And if you want me to print some for you, free of charge, call me on 01603 327827.
You can also Download a community action poster to display. It lists six steps that can make a positive difference in your community.
Anyone looking to donate money can be advised of the following routes: Norfolk Community Foundation, working alongside partners, has established the Covid-19 Community Response Fund to support our local charities working hard on the ground to keep vulnerable people safe and well. Further information can be found at: www.norfolkfoundation.com/giving-philanthropy/.
The National Emergencies Trust (NET), in partnership with the British Red Cross, has launched a fundraising appeal, to raise and distribute funds to support communities made most vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak. Further information can be found here: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/national-emergencies-trust-coronavirus-appeal
3. Give time
Voluntary Norfolk will be using their volunteering portal to gather the various roles that are needed in the sector. This can be found here: https://www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/volunteering/.
More options will be added as more gaps arise. This is a great option for those wanting a more structured way to help or to do roles which require safeguarding and training.
4. Support community groups
If you speak to people running an existing community group who are looking for guidance and advice, Community Action Norfolk are supporting in this way. Their website has several resources for the VCSE sector: www.communityactionnorfolk.org.uk.
5. Advise local businesses
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership via the New Anglia Growth Hub is offering free advice and guidance to local businesses, whether they are experiencing supply chain issues, order or booking cancellations, a reduction in sales, or any other challenge, they contact the Growth Hub to speak to one of their qualified business advisers. They are also offering free support and advice to help businesses to access the support measures put in place by Government. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0300 333 6536 (Mon- Fri 9am-5pm).
More information about the measures put in place by the Government to support businesses can be found here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus/business-support
6. Support vulnerable people
If anyone feels a member of their family is at risk due to their age or an underlying health condition, the advice is to practice social distancing and follow this advice on how to self-isolate and reduce the possibility of transmission.
The NCC website has further information about supporting vulnerable people here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus/supporting-vulnerable-people.
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