Helping in your community
There has been an outpouring of public support and care for each other across Somerset communities as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continues across the UK.
Somerset County Council is delighted to see so many rally around and offer their support to those self-isolating, the elderly or those in identified ‘at risk’ groups such as the over 70s, pregnant women, a weakened immune system or people with an underlying health condition.
If you’re supporting people around you that might be vulnerable it’s crucial to follow advice on social distancing and reducing the risk of transmission. You can find out more about how to help others safely here
Our advice is to not attempt to enter people’s houses and please be sensitive to the fact that some people will strongly object to having leaflets put through their door.
What can I do to help?
It’s important that we do all we can to help those in our communities that are likely to become more isolated as measures are put in place to delay the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
There are some simple but effective things we can all do to help.
- Collect and deliver shopping – leaving deliveries on the doorstep or safe place to avoid close physical contact.
- Pick up a prescription.
- Put out their bins or taking in a parcel.
- Phone, Skype or Facetime so they can see a friendly face, helping to reduce their isolation.
- Suggest local shopping options and trusted suppliers.
- Help to care for pets.
- Encourage people to contact others in the same situation by linking people together.
- Deliver books and magazines or materials to support hobbies such as wool for knitting or art materials.
- Reassure people with accurate and up to date advice and information and signposting people to other sources of help if needed.
What else can I do to help?
Find out how you can volunteer on the Corona Helper website
Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) – This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic.
If you can’t find the help you need, or your need is more urgent, please phone the
Somerset Coronavirus Helpline