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Coronavirus: North Yorkshire Council relief service to help with essential shopping

Coronavirus: North Yorkshire Council relief service to help with essential shopping

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 8th May 2020.

North Yorkshire Council is leading a relief service this bank holiday for anyone who needs help with shopping and prescriptions. 

  • A relief service is being by North Yorkshire Council this weekend.
  • It's to help with essential shopping for food and prescriptions. 
  • The council has staff and volunteers ready to help out if needed.  

The council has staff and volunteers on standby.

We're also being urged to check on neighbours and vulnerable friends and family over the weekend.   

Gary Fielding, from North Yorkshire Council, said:

"We have staff and extra volunteers ready to meet any additional demand but people are encouraged to think ahead about what they might need.

"The Easter relief operation proved incredibly successful, and the widespread positive response to the call to be prepared meant there was only modest demand for help with shopping and other essentials over the four-day break." 

The County Council is working with 23 community support organisations alongside partners and the voluntary sector who look out for those identified as vulnerable. 

Residents are being urged to check on their neighbours, particularly if they have helped somebody in the first few weeks of lockdown and haven't been in contact since.

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Gary said:

 "I would like to thank our residents who are continuing to look out for those left isolated and the countless volunteers supporting vulnerable people at this difficult time. 

"While the support organisations take a well-deserved break our staff and extra volunteers are going the extra mile to plug the gap and make sure everybody has what they need this weekend. I want people to feel reassured that we are here to help."

People in need of help or who will need the County Council to support vulnerable friends and neighbours should call its customer service centre on 01609 780780. It is open seven days a week from 8am to 5:30pm including bank holidays.

More information can be found on the council's website.