SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY : County Council Updates
Hampshire County Council has issued new guidance on how to volunteer safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The car parks of Hampshire’s country parks have reopened on 13 May. Normal parking charges will apply, and toilets will be open. However, cafés, shops, visitor centres and play areas will remain closed until further notice. The press release can be found here.
Hampshire County Council is acting as the main co-ordination point for all district Community Hubs.
They have set up a Coronavirus Hampshire helpline called Hantshelp4vulnerable, for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need assistance with practical issues. This could include information or advice, help with shopping, collecting medicine, pet care, or support because you are feeling lonely.
The helpline number is 0333 370 4000 and is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.
The service is for people currently residing in the county of Hampshire and those who are residents of Southampton, Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight will be signposted to their respective local support numbers.
Hampshire CVS Network
Another useful resource is the Hampshire CVS Network, an alliance of 9 local organisations that work together to help Hampshire’s charities, community groups and social enterprises. You can see more on their community response here.
Test Valley Borough Council is working closely with Unity to provide a list of community groups that can support those who need assistance in this difficult time, ranging from shopping to befriending.