Help hotline for those isolating during coronavirus crisis
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 April 2020 | UPDATED: 10:20 13 April 2020
A mutual aid group has created a central hub to coordinate the volunteer effort in Exmouth during the current crisis.
A hotline has been launched by Exmouth Covid-19 Mutual Aid to make it easier for those in need during their self-imposed isolation to get access to help.
Requests made to the volunteer group for help with shopping, prescription pick-ups or emotional support will be distributed by the group’s rota team to one of the 16 neighbourhood leads.
The request will then be taken up by a volunteer in the relevant neighbourhood.
Vicky Walkley, who is leading the mutual aid group, said: “It’s been a lot of hard work getting all our systems and volunteer teams coordinated, but the amount of gratitude we’ve received from the Exmouth community since our phoneline/email went live makes it all worth it.
“It’s incredible to see what can be achieved when we all pull together.
“It’s a really difficult time for lots of people at the moment, but Exmouth – we are here for you.”
Dawn Andrews, rota team Manager, added: “Everyone is so full of gratitude and they really appreciate us being there for them on the end of the phone.”
Printed leaflets with details of the hotline, sponsored by Exmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council, will be delivered to every household in the town.
The town council has also published details on its website of support groups and an up-to-date list of businesses with the services they provide.
The council is helping Exmouth Community Larder and the Salvation Army collect donations of food from supermarkets.
For more information email email@example.com or ring 07787 882075 or 07749 322291.
Exmouth charity Open Door is also delivering emergency parcels of food and toiletries to those in need. Ring 01395 224218 for more information.
Mayor Steve Gazzard said: “It never ceases to amaze me that during troubled times, how well communities come together to help each other and Exmouth, one of the largest towns in Devon, is no exception.”
To request help through Exmouth Covid-19 Mutual Aid, ring 07494 462057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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