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Volunteer

If you are a local resident who would like to help support other residents or vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis, there are community groups who will welcome your help.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Covid-19 coordination hub

A COVID-19 coordination hub has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help those who are most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are now calling on people across the county to get in touch if they can volunteer their time to help others in a co-ordinated effort which will offer safe support and reassurance county and city wide.

The coordination hub - staffed by a range of council workers - will manage offers of help, thereby maximising support for communities, working alongside existing voluntary and community organisation partners.

If you are able to volunteer please email: CommunityCV@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Full details can be viewed on Cambridgeshire County Council.

British Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer Scheme

On a wider scale, the British Red Cross is collating volunteers who they can call on to support vulnerable / high risk groups. The idea is for the British Red Cross to build-up a large number of people who can support them when necessary.

You can find out more about this scheme and put your name down at British Red Cross.

 

Foodbank donations

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Cambridge City Foodbank which covers large parts of South Cambridgeshire is expecting a surge in demand. Coupled with this, they are experiencing a drop in food being donated. The aim of the foodbank is to support all those facing hunger due to financial need even during these difficult times.

You can help by donating food that you purchase from several local supermarkets on the infrequent occasions that you leave your home to buy essential supplies. This can be part of your shop because there are collection points within several local supermarkets. Remember to check the supermarket opening hours as they may be different to usual due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Observe all social distancing guidelines while doing this. Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can see which items are most needed by the Cambridge City Foodbank by checking the Cambridge City Foodbank website.  

You can contact the Cambridge City Foodbank if you have any questions.

 

Donate blood

The government has classed giving blood as essential travel because it helps meet the needs of vulnerable people and saves lives. If you are fit and well please do donate. Hospital patients are still relying on your lifesaving donations.

Visit the Give Blood website for who can give blood and where to donate.

Give Blood also answer coronavirus related questions on their website. Be assured that Give Blood have introduced new measures to improve distancing at their centres. Their teams are also trained in thorough universal hygiene precautions to prevent the spreads of all infections.

There is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted through blood donation.

Due to government guidelines, people aged 70 and over and those in vulnerable health are currently unable to donate.

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