COVID-19 NEWS AND PARISH BULLETINS
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MARTIN SMITH 07388 939762
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Cumbria County Council new helpline
New emergency support line launched for vulnerable people needing urgent help
Today (Monday 30 March) Cumbria County Council and partners have launched a new emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.
Those at high risk include people over 70 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying
health conditions who should be protecting themselves by staying at home. The majority of these people will already be receiving support from family, friends or local voluntary groups with tasks
like shopping or collection of medicines if they require it. But we know that a small number of people will not have this support. If they have no alternative, these people will now be able to call
the Freephone number to request help with getting food, medicines, essential supplies and home deliveries.
The Emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966.
Or you can email your request for help to COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk.
Cumbria is already seeing widespread community and voluntary sector support for the response to COVID-19 and informal support, including neighbourhood WhatsApp groups and community Facebook groups, alongside a commitment from existing community emergency planning groups, local churches and faith groups and formal voluntary sector organisations who are working with the county council and partners including District Councils and NHS.
Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities,
The helpline will also accept referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.
For up to date information on COVID-19 in your area, please go to cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/communities.asp.