Community help and volunteering
The measures designed to combat the spread of coronavirus will have an effect on many people in our communities - especially the elderly and sick.
The Cumbria County Council website has a wealth of information on community efforts to tackle coronavirus . This includes a regularly updated Newsletter and Directory of Community Support (click on the link and you will find the latest versions under the "Allerdale" tab).
People can report concerns about children in the following ways:
- Call the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727
- Call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
- If a child is at immediate risk of harm call 999.
- Children can contact childline.org.uk if they do not feel safe on 0800 1111
Protecting against domestic violence
If you are suffering from domestic violence you do not have to suffer in silence.
If you need to leave your home contact our homelessness team on 0303 123 1702. You can also call the police on 101 or in an emergency 999.
With more people at home, there is the chance that people may see and hear their neighbours more. Please respect each other.
There are some simple things you can do to be a better neighbour, such as discussing with them (from more than 2m apart of course) your requirements if you need some quiet time for work. Loud music late at night is also likely to cause trouble.
And if you can't resolve the issue, then give us a call on 0303 123 1702.
Volunteering in your community
Vulnerable people and elderly people in your community who are staying at home, self-isolating or shielding may need the support of volunteers - could you help?
If you want to help and volunteer your services, register with the GoodSam app online .
Food Bank support
If you can't make it to any of the Food Bank drop-off points, you can donate money direct to them via their give.net web page .
Advice for volunteer groups
The latest government guidance for staying at home and away from others says people may leave home 'to provide care or to help a vulnerable person' - we hope this will reassure people that it is still OK to shop for neighbours, friends or family members. We would advise volunteers to make themselves familiar with the guidance below and the latest guidance on gov.uk.
More advice is available via these websites:
- Supporting others in your community during COVID-19 with shopping
- Access resources from Cumbria CVS
- Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection
Other groups that offer help and assistance
Cumbria County County is coordinating efforts to help communities. There website has a wealth of information for residents.
The are many established community and volunteer groups such as Cumbria CVS, as well as Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) who may be able to provide financial help.
People First, in conjunction with other agencies, has put in place a Covid-19 support service for people with learning disabilities or autism. Called Keeping People Connected, it includes check and chat calls to understand and assess their current situation, including issues such as health and well-being and food supplies. The contact is Chris Tolley by email
Keswick Lions and Rotary has a fund to help local people facing financial difficulty.