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Work continues to support Charnwood communities

  • Charnwood Community Action team

From delivering food parcels and making befriending calls, work is continuing to support residents through Charnwood Community Action.

The campaign was launched by Charnwood Borough Council in partnership with John Storer Charnwood to support, advise, guide and co-ordinate the borough-wide community effort during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since launching, over 1,750 food parcels have been delivered to members of the community experiencing financial difficulties and over 250 vulnerable residents without any support networks are receiving regular befriending calls to check how they are.

Local Facebook group, Loughborough Against Corona now has over 900 volunteers helping to collect and deliver shopping and medical supplies for residents in the borough at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

Over the past few weeks the Council has been making welfare checks on Charnwood Lifeline customers, tenants in sheltered accommodation and those aged over 80 to see how they are and if they need any further support.

In addition, the Council will be contacting around 300 residents aged over 70 from the electoral register where a telephone number has been provided.

Residents are being encouraged to say a public thanks to individuals, groups and businesses across Charnwood who are supporting communities during this difficult time by nominating them for a Charnwood Community Action Star.

The Council has received over 30 nominations already and nominees will be added to a roll of honour on its website and give them a shout out on social media.

To tell us about your Charnwood Community Action Stars, all you need to do is complete a simple online form explaining who they are and what they’ve done.

Cllr Deborah Taylor, the Council’s lead member for communities said: “It’s essential we continue to support our communities and vulnerable residents through this difficult time.

“We’ve already written to all homes in the borough and will continue to make welfare checks on our vulnerable residents and tenants where possible.

“The community spirit has been fantastic, and we’ve been really pleased with the response to Charnwood Community Action. Local businesses have been very generous with donations, helping us to continue delivering food parcels to our residents in most need.

“I’d like to thank all of the communities in the borough which have come together to help their neighbours and local residents. If you know of an individual, group or local business making a difference during these difficult times, nominate them for a community star. It’s a quick and easy way to give a public thanks.”

Charnwood Community Action is being supported by many community groups, volunteers, town and parish councils, the Bridge, Fearon Hall and a number of local businesses.

If you have concerns about someone who does not have any support networks, please let the Council know by contacting the Charnwood Community Action team at www.johnstorercharnwood.org.uk