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North Yorkshire Residents Urged To Keep Looking Out For Neighbours

North Yorkshire Residents Urged To Keep Looking Out For Neighbours

Published by Karen Liu at 7:07am 21st April 2020.

Residents in North Yorkshire are being urged to keep looking out for their neighbours.

The County Council says across the county there are countless examples of communities coming together and people helping those isolated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It says as lockdown continues, it becomes increasingly important to keep looking out for any potentially vulnerable people in neighbourhoods.

Gary Fielding, the County Council’s Director of Strategic Resources said:

“Firstly I would like to thank every single North Yorkshire resident who has checked on a neighbour and the volunteers helping people during this crisis.

The kindness we’ve seen has been truly humbling.

If you helped someone in the first couple of weeks with shopping or collecting a prescription and you haven’t been in contact since, I would urge you to please keep checking they are ok.

Anyone over 70 or with underlying health conditions should not be leaving their homes.  

Just putting a note through their door could be a lifeline, even if it’s just to offer them a friendly chat over the phone.”

In a coordinated joint effort with district councils, North Yorkshire County Council is working with 23 community organisations the length and breadth of the county to match people without family, friends or neighbours to support from the voluntary sector.

People in need of help who don’t have the support of family, friends or neighbours or anyone concerned about the welfare of someone else should call North Yorkshire County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780.

The centre is open seven days a week 8am-5:30pm. For more information go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/coronavirus

As well as looking out for neighbours and family, county residents are reminded of the importance of staying at home except for essential journeys and maintaining a safe distance of at least two metres if out, as well as washing hands regularly to help to keep the disease at bay.

 

 

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