Together We Can: Council, councillors and volunteers spread the word about community response helpline

Posted on Wednesday 22 April 2020

Vulnerable older residents in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are receiving printed postcards to make them aware of the Together We Can helpline – a community response to provide vital support during the Covid-19 crisis.

This week, a targeted postal drop of just under 14,000 postcards is being sent to over 70s living alone in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Meanwhile, councillors have been working with Together We Can volunteers to get information out to within their wards. They are delivering a further 15,000 postcards and posters to local shops, pharmacies, GP surgeries and other locations, as well as through letterboxes of neighbours who could be self-isolating or need help accessing food or other essential supplies.

Together We Can is a volunteer hub, dedicated helpline (0300 123 7052) and online information resource for vulnerable local people that helps with deliveries of food and other essentials plus advice about food banks, loneliness and wellbeing issues.

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said: “Over 5,000 people have already been supported through our Together We Can initiative, and but it’s vital that vulnerable local residents who are not online know about the support that’s on offer. There are still many older vulnerable people out shopping and putting themselves at risk. We have dedicated volunteers who are ready, waiting and happy to help with shopping collections and other matters, even if that’s just providing a friendly ear. I urge any vulnerable or self-isolating residents who do not have family or neighbours supporting them to get in touch with our helpline.”