Leeds City Council has joined forces with Voluntary Action Leeds and a network of other local charities to deliver care to anyone in need across the city.
Following last week’s unprecedented announcements many people had already made the difficult decision to self-isolate. Monday’s Prime Ministerial announcement means now even more people will be restricted from leaving their homes, except under limited circumstances, yet many may not have friends or relatives to help them.
In response Leeds City Council has launched a helpline so anyone finding themselves in this situation can call 0113 3781877 and be matched with a local volunteer who can help.
Over 4000 Leeds residents have already signed-up to assist those in need across the city as part of the Community Care Programme, but more are needed if the huge numbers now restricted from moving around are to get the help they need.
Anyone who feels they are able can volunteer for a range of different roles dependent on availability and preference by visiting www.doinggoodleeds.org.uk, emailing [email protected] or calling 0113 2977920. Once signed-up they will receive training and then be matched with opportunities locally to help.
Volunteers can sign-up to offer practical support such as shopping deliveries, preparing meals, dog walking, making check-in phone calls or as an informal volunteer within their own neighbourhood in more general ways.
The council and Voluntary Action Leeds have enlisted a network of charities across all 33 wards to match volunteers with those having contacted the council on the helpline number to ask for assistance.
Launched last week the Community Care Programme ensures those in need get the help they require while keeping everyone safe in the process. Those who have a DBS “police” check are particularly being encouraged to come forward at this time.