Over the weekend Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA – a partnership between Thurrock Council, Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations – made progress on recruiting volunteers and supporting the borough's most vulnerable residents following its launch on Friday 27 March.
Thurrock Council contacted and delivered essential supplies to over 75 of the borough's most vulnerable residents. These are residents who were identified by the NHS as being in the 'shielding' category due to being at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. More residents in this category will be contacted this week and essential supplies delivered where needed. The council will continue to be in touch with these residents to confirm their individual support needs.
Through the partnership with Stronger Together and Thurrock CVS, a call for volunteers was promoted widely, resulting in 200 people coming forward to offer their time to the TCCA.
Later this week, TCCA will launch measures to support other residents who may be vulnerable due to self-isolation, mental or physical health issues, and who do not have friends, family or local support in place at this time.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "The support packages the council and TCCA have delivered is in addition to what the government has committed for those in the shielding group.
"If you have received a letter or text from the NHS saying you fall into the shielding group, I urge you to follow the link or call the number in the message to sign up for support.
"I would again like to thank TCCA and everyone across the borough who is volunteering to support our communities at this challenging time, it's overwhelming that 200 people have offered their support already.
"If you feel you need support at this time please use the helpline and online form which will launch later this week. The team will assess the requests for support, prioritise them and match them with the support or volunteers available."
For more information on TCCA and to find out how to volunteer, go to Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action.