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East Cambridgeshire council writes to over 70s to let them know help is there for them during the coronavirus pandemic

A district council has written to more than 8,000 elderly people to let them know help is available for them during the coronavirus pandemic.

East Cambridgeshire District Council has sent a letters to over 70s in the area as part of its effort to make sure those in need know someone is there for them if should they require it.

And the council is now asking residents to help provide a support network for those in need during the virus crisis. When people sign up to the scheme the project will map out the support available in towns and villages across the district.

East Cambridgeshire District Council
East Cambridgeshire District Council

The co-ordination hub, staffed by a range of council workers, will manage requests for assistance and ensure the most vulnerable members of the community can access help as soon as they need it.

Anyone who needs help can contact the hub by emailing covid19@eastcambs.gov.uk or calling 01353 665555. The call centre is open between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Volunteers and support groups who come forward will be linked with over 70s and others identified as vulnerable, to assist the most at-risk groups during this time.

The hub will also focus on signposting access to food, medicines and other supplies, as well as organising friendly phone calls to anyone feeling lonely.

And the authority will also talk with other voluntary and community partner organisations to ensure other needs, including health and social care, are met as quickly as possible.

Cllr Anna Bailey, leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is important that these efforts are coordinated so we can be certain that those who are vulnerable and most impacted have support as and when they need it.

“I’d urge anyone who can help, to reach out and get in touch so we can all get through this together.”

“These unprecedented and worrying times mean we all need to pull together to help those in need. We know that there will be many individuals and families in need of help because of self-isolation, plus others who will have time and support to give.

“Working together in a collective effort is crucial in the coming weeks. We will ensure that targeted support is available for those at higher risk in the challenging time we currently face.”

To register a group or volunteer their Covid-19 co-ordination website.