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'Care package' letters to be sent to Norfolk residents

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South Norfolk Council have said they are sending out letters to all residents across Norfolk to see if they are vulnerable or in need of support.

The Government announced on Sunday, 22 March, they would be stepping in to help support around 1.4 million vulnerable people across the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Public services across Norfolk are wary that the list will not identify with everyone though, so have taken measures upon themselves.

Trevor Holden, who is coordinating this response - working with councils and the voluntary sector across the county, said:

“We have been working with our colleagues in councils at all levels across the county, along with the community and voluntary sector and community groups to prepare for when this day came.

“Today we will start to send a letter to every house in the county, asking people to contact us if they are vulnerable or need our support either now or in the coming weeks. 

“Our community volunteers, local charities and council staff stand by to assist those who need it and are not being helped already.” 

Mr Holden added:

“Today we are also asking you, if you are able, to volunteer some of your time to help people in your community, as we really do need your help. 

“Or if you are a business and can help with services, vehicles or other resources, we would love to hear from you, as together we really can and will make a difference.” 

A Covid-19 Community Response Fund has also been launched by local councils to support local charities on the frontline.

Mr Holden said:

“We would ask you to give generously if you can.

This fund will help us to support the people in our county that need it, and is critical to our collective response.

“The impact of this virus are already biting hard and are set for some time yet please help us to help each other.

“Please look out for these letters from us, they contain important information.”

You can access help and support via Norfolk County Council's website and social media channels.

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