Partnership extended to support vulnerable and isolated residents
A North East council and a voluntary organisation have partnered together to extend support to vulnerable residents during the coronavirus outbreak.
Throughout the pandemic, our virtual community hub has been providing support to residents who have been forced to self-isolate.
With the help of its partners, the hub has been delivering food supplies and essential items to vulnerable and isolated people across the county.
In Durham City, the council's Area Action Partnership (AAP) has been working with King's Church Durham in taking on referrals from the community hub to help a number of self-isolating people.
Building on its current Friends and Neighbours service, which operates in the Sherburn Road and Gilesgate areas of Durham City, King's Church Durham has been working with Durham AAP to extend its support to into Newton Hall, Framwellgate Moor and other areas of the city.
More information about Durham AAP and its coronavirus support can be found at our AAP web page
Supporting those in need
The services offered include telephone befriending and free food parcels to residents in Sherburn Road and Gilesgate, as well as providing shopping support to residents in Sherburn Road, Gilesgate, Newton Hall, Framwellgate Moor and other areas of Durham City.
Durham AAP has also awarded a £2,000 grant to King's Church as part of its coronavirus support fund. This is part of a wider scheme where AAPs across the county have been given £1.4 million by us to ensure local projects can continue to support those most in need.
Details of King's Church Durham's services can be found at its coronavirus services page
Working in partnership
Cllr Angela Surtees, Cabinet member for social inclusion, said: "It is great to have the support of King's Church Durham in helping the community hub reach as many vulnerable people as possible and keep providing its valuable service.
"It is essential during the coronavirus outbreak that we continue to work in partnership to support shielded populations and vulnerable residents who have been forced to self-isolate to protect themselves at this uncertain time."
Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and partnerships, said: "Durham AAP and King's Church Durham already work together in delivering dedicated services to vulnerable residents and have done so brilliantly for a number of years.
"Both organisations have really stepped up to the mark during the pandemic in using this partnership as an opportunity to help the community hub give residents the extra support that they need in this difficult time."