Community support: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Cumbria County Council (CCC) are leading the community response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cumbria County Council situation, information and advice.
If you represent a new or existing group that wants to get involved in the response to COVID 19 email: SouthLakeland.AreaSupport@cumbria.gov.uk
Emergency support line for vulnerable people
Cumbria County Council and partners have launched a new emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.
People First: Chat+Check service offers support for people who have learning difficulties and/or autism who may be feeling alone during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Support for families
Family Action: Family Line provides support and advice for family members over the age of 18. They offer services over the phone, by email, text and via web chat.
It is important that we all look out for each other during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and with schools closed there are fewer people looking out for children. If you are concerned that a child is at risk of abuse or neglect (harm) contact:
Respect Phoneline provides specialist advice and guidance about domestic abuse for perpetrators, victims, concerned friends and family and work colleagues of a perpetrator.
You can report abuse to the police by calling 101 or fill in the non-emergency crime reporting form. If you are in immediate danger always call 999.
Help in the community
Cumbria County Council have published a ‘community pack’ of useful guidance for people who are helping in their communities.
Register as a volunteer
Vulnerable people and elderly people in your community who are social distancing or self isolating may need the support of volunteers.
Support Cumbria are looking for volunteers of all levels to support local charities and organisations in local communities.
You might have specific skills to offer or may want to help with tasks like shopping, dog walking, collecting prescriptions or other help.
Safeguarding information for volunteers provides guidance on how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect in communities and how to report any concerns that you may have.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) food and safety advice for community food share schemes provides tips on how to protect the community and volunteers.
Food redistribution grants
Defra is making £3.25million available through WRAP to help not-for-profit organisations increase the redistribution of surplus food from food businesses to those in need.
Grants will be available to redistributors working hard to ensure valuable food supplies do not go to waste, to help with overcoming operational barriers in obtaining, storing and transporting food safely from businesses in response to coronavirus and to support drops in volunteer numbers. All not-for-profit food redistribution businesses and charities will be encouraged to apply for grants over the coming month.
Application windows for the fund will be split into three phases: WRAP: Covid-19 emergency surplus food grant
Cumbria Community Foundation
Cumbria Foundation: Cumbria (COVID-19) response fund aims to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Offering funding to local charitable and community organisations to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus.
Dealing with pets and dog walking
RSPCA advice on pets and Cornavirus (COVID-19) including what to do with pets if you are ill or self isolating, how to arrange for help with emergency pet care and how to walk dogs responsibly.
Farming community advice and support
Farm Safety Foundation has Coronavirus and mental wellbeing advice tailored to the farming community in general and young farmers in particular.
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution has practical support and advice for farmers.
YANA (You Are Not Alone) Rural Mental Health Support.