Wyre Together – making a difference to those most vulnerablePublished Monday, 30 March 2020
Wyre Council is today (Monday 30 March) launching a community response to help those most vulnerable in the borough throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
‘Wyre Together’ will offer support to those in the Government’s outlined high risk categories. This includes those over 70 and others with underlying health issues who are self-isolating and don’t have the support of friends, neighbours or family.
People in Wyre without access to help can contact the council online or through a telephone helpline to find out what support is available. This might include checking to see what benefits you are entitled to, the provision of food parcels to those who are eligible, and general support to prevent loneliness.
The council has already written to everyone in Wyre over the age of 70 so that as many people as possible are aware of the support available.
Staff at the council have come together to form community response teams covering the whole of the borough to provide a range of support including delivering food packages to those who are eligible. The teams will also be working with existing groups that are already up and running offering vital support including Poulton Can, Garstang Volunteer Force, Fleetwood Together and Warren Manor Day Centre.
Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “Together we make a difference has long been Wyre Council’s vision. Our staff are working around the clock to get our community response teams ready to help those who most need it. There is some brilliant work already going on in the community and we are not going to duplicate this, we are looking to see how best we can support it and share messages about what’s out there.
“Many people who are in self-isolation have the help of friends or family to make this difficult time a little easier, but some people don’t. Wyre Together will make sure these people are not left alone. Support is available and our teams are ready to help.”
To access support go to www.wyre.gov.uk/communityhelp where you can fill out a form and staff from your local team will get in touch. Or you can call 01253 891000 and select option 7.
If you would like to offer help, there is still time for groups, organisations and individuals to get involved. If you can offer additional support to help Wyre Together go to www.wyre.gov.uk/together