Looking out for your neighbours during the coronavirus outbreak

20/03/2020, PR-9347

​Wakefield Council and its partners are working hard to support local communities, so that older and vulnerable people, who have to self-isolate or follow social distancing measures, get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak.

In partnership with Age UK - Wakefield District and Nova - Wakefield District, the Council are working with and supporting a number of voluntary and community organisations who are already doing fantastic work within our communities. 

Anyone who is fit and well, and able to give help to people in their community, is encouraged to start by being a good neighbour in their own streets and offer support to others.

The Council has provided help and guidance on how to do this safely on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD. A ‘contact card’ that can be printed and posted to neighbours to find out if they need help is also available to download.

Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We’ve been so encouraged by the display of community spirit in our district; a fantastic number of people have already been asking how they can help others. It’s clear that people really care about the welfare of their neighbours and are already thinking of ways they can help those who may be finding this time particularly difficult.

“The Council is always here to provide support to the most vulnerable, but it is very likely that residents can help to reduce demand by looking out for their neighbours and offering to help with small but important tasks such as shopping or collecting medication.

“It’s really important to keep yourself and others safe, so we’ve provided some guidance on how to help, but always check the latest government advice because the situation is changing quickly. In the coming days we’ll also be telling people how they can volunteer on a more formal basis and opening a helpline for those who are worried about themselves or someone else who is alone and in isolation.”

Before undertaking any voluntary work, always check the latest government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation here, to keep everyone safe and protected.

Wakefield city centre