A big thank you to our Wardens, for getting the Storrington Coronavirus (Covid-19) Community Support Hub up and running.
The Hub provides a phone line to enable vulnerable people to get help from the team of volunteers who have registered to provide support. This could be picking up medication or shopping for them, or just to get a friendly phone call.
Chris and Steve have organised volunteers to drop information leaflets to households throughout the village, so that whether people have internet access or not, they can find out how to get help.
On the first day the Wardens fielded over 200 calls. As well as making sure that people get the help they need, Chris said that some just need re-assurance that they don’t need to panic about the availability of medicines or food. The GP surgeries are advising patients that there is no need for people to order medication more than 2 weeks in advance.
The Wardens are delighted with the response to the request for volunteers and thank everyone who has put them self forward. Chris and Steve have had to re-organise their work schedules to be able to support the Hub phone line from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week, a heavy pressure on just two people.
We need to recognise that this work is on top of the role the Steve and Chris were employed to do, such as patrolling the area, reducing criminal damage and antisocial behaviour, and engaging with the public to reduce fear of crime and preserve the environment. With their reduced attention to patrolling during the pandemic they need our help more than ever to report issues we come across to the Police using the online Report service or the 101 non-emergency number.
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