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Cornwall Council leads the way so that vital support reaches Cornwall’s most vulnerable people

Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall have mobilised staff and local communities to make sure Cornwall’s most vulnerable residents receive the food and medication they need during the coronavirus outbreak.

People with serious medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to coronavirus were asked to register their need for help with the government.

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Cornwall Council has now received information about them and, together with the Corserv Group, has worked quickly to top-up the emergency supplies allocated to Cornwall by government.

Working closely with local suppliers, this means everyone who has asked for help will receive a food parcel today (March 29).

When everyone receives their delivery, they will also be given a phone number so that they can provide the council with more information on things like their dietary requirements and their pharmaceutical needs, allowing volunteers from Volunteer Cornwall to make sure they have the right food and medication to stay safe and well.

Cornwall Council Leader, Cllr Julian German said: “What’s important here is that those people who have been made extremely isolated in this emergency situation are made known to us so that we can ensure they have their nutrition and health needs met immediately.  

“This is the start of a new initiative and I know the Government is working hard to ensure future deliveries provide enough supplies for the most vulnerable people in Cornwall.  I am grateful to our fantastic Cornish suppliers who rallied round over the weekend, so that Cornwall Council could supplement the Government’s first delivery, and deliver a food parcel to everyone in Cornwall who told the Government they have no support.”

Emma Rowse, Chair of Volunteer Cornwall said: “Our staff and local volunteers are on hand and ready to help, and we are ideally placed to bring those people together that need help, with those who able to provide it.

“We have been overwhelmed with the response we have had already from local communities, with over 2,000 people coming forward as well as 220 community groups. However, if there is anyone else who is still able to assist then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can ensure that everyone who needs help and support in this time of emergency gets it. Also if you know of someone who needs help let us know”.

Cllr German added: “I’d like to pass on my grateful thanks to all of those involved in making sure people receive help, including those local suppliers, Bodmin Asda, Bookers Redruth, Waitrose Truro, the Local Resilience Forum, and the Red Cross who have gone above and beyond. And not forgetting the large number of council staff who have worked around the clock to carry out this vital piece of work.

“I’d also like to thank Volunteer Cornwall who have been by our sides throughout this situation so far and have not hesitated to play their part in bringing Cornwall together to help those most in need.”

Anyone able to help is urged to visit Volunteer Cornwall’s website, or call 01872 266988 for more information and to apply to help or if you know someone who needs assistance.

Story posted on 29 March