Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is urging the county to pull together to support national efforts to tackle the Coronavirus situation and help safeguard vulnerable people.
It is the duty of everyone to take appropriate action to support the UK's fight against the pandemic and ease demand on Derbyshire's emergency services, including frontline NHS workers treating victims.
The situation changes rapidly so further advice and information is available through organisation websites.
Ramadan and observance of the coronavirus lockdown
With mosques closed and other social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, many Muslims have taken to online communications platforms to connect to their loved-ones and families and share the joy of Ramadan while prayers and fasting are being held at home.
Advice for a socially distanced Ramadan during this time is available.
Council community support to help those most in need
Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council now both have mechanisms in place to help support the communities they serve during the coronavirus pandemic.
These hubs will help those vulnerable people with services such as:
- food shopping and delivery
- checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online help to prevent loneliness and check whether there is anything they need
- collecting and delivering prescriptions
- preparing meals.
Derbyshire County Council
Help is available for people across the county if they are:
- Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk
- Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
- Have underlying health conditions
- Aged 70 or over.
You can register online to get help if you have no friends or family, or even offer to volunteer to help the local community.
For further information visit the County Council website.
Derby City Council
The Council, together with Community Action Derby, Derby Homes, the University of Derby, Thrive Derby and linking into Derby COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook group are creating a new Derby COVID Community Response Hub to coordinate help and support for people who live alone or who are self-isolating with partners or relatives during this national crisis.
For further information visit the City Council website.
Foundation Derbyshire have established a Coronavirus Response Fund as a vehicle for distributing the various donations and funding streams they administer. Thanks to National Emergencies Trust and other donors, they are busy distributing £80k of grant funding to local community groups supplying food and services to those made vulnerable by the Coronavirus outbreak.
For further information visit the Foundation Derbyshire website.
Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board
Many people will be volunteering to help their communities during the coronavirus outbreak.It's important for volunteers to understand how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect, and how to report any concerns they may have. Their website provides information for volunteers about what to look out for, and what they should do if they’re worried about someone being abused or neglected.
For further information visit the Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board website.
Established in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and for the long term, Sudden, provides free support and advocacy for up to 10 weeks, with a focus on safeguarding and wellbeing outcomes. The service is delivered in partnership with relevant community-based statutory and NGO agencies.
For further information visit the Sudden website.