Help local residents access support

Do you know someone who needs support but has no family or friends who can help?

North Somerset Council has launched a new service to co-ordinate a community response and make sure vulnerable residents are supported through the coronavirus outbreak.

North Somerset Together links residents in need with volunteers in their local community who can help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or just having a friendly chat.

Already, 200 enquiries have been received and 144 referrals made to community support groups, including an 82-year-old lady from Clevedon who was matched with a voluntary service to buy her food .

The website also brings together a wealth of information to help anyone in the community find out what is available and contact details for groups and organisations so you can contact them directly.

The information on the website will grow over the coming weeks as more organisations submit their details.

Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can call 01934 427 437.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities, including how to sign up to become an NHS volunteer responder, at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/volunteering

Free radios for over-70s

Free DAB radios are available for over-70s so they can keep up-to-date with what’s going on locally and nationally.

The charity Wavelength is inviting people to nominate someone for a free radio by completing an online application form at www.wavelength.org.uk

The scheme is part of the BBC’s Make a Difference Campaign.