Calderdale Council released the following press release on Thurs 26 March, outlining its plans to support the most vulnerable people in Calderdale:
Calderdale Council is doing all it can to support the borough’s most vulnerable residents as part of its response to COVID-19.
Around 1.5 million people in the UK have been identified as being at risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes people with serious underlying health conditions such as specific cancers or respiratory illnesses.
These extremely vulnerable people will receive a letter from the NHS containing important advice. To minimise all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others, it is incredibly important that these people stay at home at all times and avoid face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks.
Calderdale Council recognises that while many of these extremely vulnerable people will be able to access support from friends and family, some may not have anyone to help them.
To ensure that help is available for those most in need, the Council is coordinating a support network which will identify vulnerable residents in need of extra assistance and put in place the appropriate solutions.
Those with high needs will be supported by the Council’s social care team, which will be boosted with extra staff redeployed from relevant services.
More basic level support, such as assistance with the deliveries of food and medical supplies, will be provided with support from the Council’s virtual volunteer hub. Similar support will also be offered to over-70s who are also at higher risk.
The virtual volunteer hub has been set up as part of the Council’s 10-point plan to respond to COVID-19 and is safely and effectively managing the numerous offers to help maximise support for communities, working alongside its voluntary and community organisation partners.