A VILLAGE in the Moorlands has come together to help the more vulnerable members of their community amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Forsbrook Parish Council has run an appeal parishioners to nominate “one or two people per street” to keep an eye out for the vulnerable people who live close by. The council also said that, via the parish, efforts could be made in regards to any items that need collecting, such as prescriptions and food.
They are also asking residents to ensure that those who do not have access to the internet are kept up to date with the latest news.
The request for ‘street coordinators’ received an overwhelming response with many volunteering to help the vulnerable in the following streets as of yesterday (Tuesday, March 17): Millbrook Gardens Estate; Portland Drive; Churnet Road; Mount Place; Brook Close; Caverswall Road; Trent Road; Penk Road; Roseacre; Dove Road; Cheadle Road; Dilhorne Road; Manifold Road.
Forsbrook Parish Council said its clerk could “pick up any slack and several residents have said they are also willing to help in other streets.”
A representative of Forsbrook Parish Council said: “These are unprecedented times. We as a parish need to ensure that our vulnerable residents are well looked after.
“This means making sure that each and everyone of us takes precautions for making sure this virus is not spread.
“The parish council have asked if residents could nominate one or two people per street to keep an eye on the vulnerable people of that street and coordinate the efforts.”
They added: “With the details of the people being utilised as coordinators of the street the clerk can then keep a register for the purposes of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Efforts can also be made centrally via the parish for any items that need fetching (prescriptions, food, etc).
“Please keep up to date with all the latest health related advice and make sure people who don’t have access to the internet are told of any update.
“Please keep watching the news to keep up to date with the most recent advice. It’s especially important to not just protect the vulnerable, but you as well.
“Please do not take anyones bank card and offer to do their shopping with it. Use cash or even assist with online shopping or signpost to a shop who is offering a service.
“The parish will need to store your contact details, they will of course be kept securely in line with GDPR and destroyed after this awful situation is over.
“We will not be undertaking DBS checks on the street coordinators as there is not enough time and these people have kindly come forward from the goodness of their hearts.
“We will, over the coming days, hopefully be joining forces with neighbouring parishes to help support each other in conjunction with our county councillor.
“If in any doubt over any situation the Clerk can be contacted at all times.
“The parish council is happy to facilitate the names and addresses of people wishing to help in their street.
“We do not however endorse anyone’s credentials and we are not able to vouch for anyone personally.
“We are merely facilitating an area where people can share information on who can help others.”
Anyone interested in helping in the community efforts in Forsbrook parish, which includes the village of Blythe Bridge, can contact the clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 07919 911938.
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