Belper COVID-19 Mutual Aid

Belper COVID-19 Mutual Aid

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Belper residents offer help to the local community during Covid-19 outbreak

  • A team of over 100 volunteers have come together in Belper to provide help for anybody self-isolating
  • Anybody who is self-isolating who needs help should call 01629 888111
  • People wanting to volunteer should join the Belper Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group

A group of over 100 volunteers have come together in Belper to help their local residents who need to go into self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Local residents in Belper and Heage who need help are being urged to call 01629 888111 and leave a name and contact number and somebody will get back to them as soon as possible.

Help can be given with everyday tasks that self-isolators may not be able to carry out such as dog walking, collecting prescriptions or doing food shopping.

The group was set up by Belper resident Rowan Thompson, and is now being co-ordinated by Rowan, along with Becky Wright and Sue Smith. The trio, made up of a retired nurse who helped co-ordinate the swine flu effort, another who has helped with refugees in Calais and the other co-ordinates for the police, were all strangers up until this point.

Becky Wright, who helped to set up the volunteers group Belper Covid-19 Mutual Aid on Facebook along with Rowan Thompson and Sue Smith, said: "There are over 20,000 people living in Belper and we know many people are already either self-isolating or facing going into self-isolation, and we know that is a scary thought for people.

"We want to help in any way we can with everyday jobs such as shopping, dog walking or picking up things such as prescriptions. We've been overwhelmed with the response by our Belper residents with over 100 people already volunteering to help.

"We want to help as many people as possible so anybody self-isolating in the Belper or Heage areas who needs help should call our helpline number on 01629 888111 and leave their name and number and somebody will call them back to arrange help.

"We're grateful for all the volunteers who have already come forward, it really demonstrates what a great community support network we have here in Belper, and I'm really proud to be part of this community. I'd urge anybody else who'd like to offer help or support to join our Facebook Group Belper Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group."

Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:29 by Admin

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