Coronavirus community help hotline launched in East Devon

A coronavirus community support hotline has been launched in East Devon.

The district council scheme is on hand to help residents and organisations access information and support such as shopping.

People can also volunteer their time and resources to help their community.

The number to call is 01395 571500.

We are committed to doing whatever is needed to help people directly and to support our communities – Cllr Ben Ingham

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says its Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline has received ‘many’ calls from people seeking help and would-be volunteers since Monday (March 30).

The service is open from 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, excluding bank holidays.

It has been set up to help individuals who need support, as well as enabling family, friends or neighbours to raise concerns about someone in their community they are worried about.

An online form is also available here.

EDDC leader Ben Ingham said: “We are committed to doing whatever is needed to help people directly and to support our communities.

“Government has asked us to undertake specific roles in terms of supporting the local economy and our most vulnerable people.

“To help support this work, we have created the Coronavirus Community Support Hub to coordinate volunteer efforts, providing support for the shielded category people and importantly signposting people to practical help.

“The council is the administrative unit delivering these hubs with a focus on providing access to food, medicines and other supplies in the first instance.

“Our officers and councillors are already in contact with many groups and are working to expand this network.

“We are working with town and parish councils, voluntary and community groups, other local leaders and local businesses to help us build this response.”

If you, or a group you know, need help or you would like to volunteer, call EDDC on 01395 571500.

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