Council’s community support effort – South Ribble Together - sees thousands supported during ongoing Covid-19 crisis
Since its launch less than a month ago (27 March) in response to the Covid-19 crisis, South Ribble’s community support effort – South Ribble Together - has so far contacted and supported thousands of people across the community.
Under the South Ribble Together programme, the council is working with key organisations from the public, charitable and voluntary sector to arrange packages of support they can offer to residents during this time of great need.
Since its launch, the council has:
- Sent correspondence with how to get support to 11,500 households;
- Made 1,564 calls to offer support to households in the borough who have been identified as having residents in a vulnerable category. These households were identified though council databases along with databases provided by the NHS and County Council;
- Received 769 calls from people seeking support;
- Sent 509 food parcels to those most vulnerable;
- Delivered 50 prescriptions;
- Engaged 5 community support groups and;
- Signposted 48 volunteers to community groups supporting the effort.
Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council said, “Given that South Ribble Together launched less than a month ago, these figures are remarkable.
“The covid-19 crisis has affected all of us in unprecedented ways and I am so proud that our local community has come together to help support the most in need.
“We’ve not been able to do this alone and I want to thank all of our staff, partners, community groups, volunteers and local businesses who have come together with such selfless passion and enthusiasm to help. Our residents are lucky to have you all.
“While I’m so proud of the efforts in South Ribble, we’re not in isolation here. Every community in the country is working tirelessly to ensure that our most vulnerable are supported during this time of national emergency.
“I would urge us all to continue to be good neighbours. Check on those you know who may be isolated; donate to your local foodbanks if you can; be compassionate and kind to one another.
“It isn’t easy, but only by working together can we get through this.”
Councilor Mick Titherington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure said, “While we are getting many requests for support in providing food and medicines to our most vulnerable, we know that the covid-19 crisis is affecting people in many different ways.
“The South Ribble Together programme is also providing key support and resources about mental health and wellbeing, domestic violence, children and adult safeguarding support along with specific resources for young people who too need vital support.
“We don’t want a single person in our community to suffer in silence and urge people to reach out to friends, family, neighbours or us. You are not alone.
South Ribble Together are also supporting local traders by compiling lists of those businesses who provide a drop off service for groceries and home goods.
The council currently lists
- 29 pharmacies;
- 60 food and general type businesses;
- 49 Takeaways.
For more information about the South Ribble Together programme including information and resources for support, please visit www.southribble.gov.uk/southribbletogther.
If you are in need of support and do not have family, friends or neigh ours to help, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 625 625.
Please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus for up-to-date information and guidance.