West Sussex County Council has been working closely with the district and borough councils in the county, the NHS and Public Health England to set up community hubs to help support the most vulnerable residents in West Sussex.
Across West Sussex, hubs have been set up in response to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will allow individuals to get in contact if they, or someone they know, need help, or if they want to volunteer their services in these difficult times.
Those who already have support networks in place – such as friends, family and neighbours – should continue using the support they have. This means that the community hubs can focus their efforts on those most in need.
West Sussex has a county-wide community hub which is available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries between 8.00am-8.00pm. A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980.
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “These are difficult times and helping the most vulnerable and those without a support network in our community to get food, medicine and help is our top priority.
“Not only have we already seen people come through to us needing our help, we have also had lots of interest from residents and businesses across the county who are keen to volunteer their services in these tough times. Our hubs are an essential way for our communities to link together to receive the support they need.
“The reaction we have had illustrates the real human spirit that runs through our county and makes us proud to be residents.”
The NHS has written to residents it has identified as at risk of severe illness if they catch Coronavirus and those extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus should register for support via the government’s website.