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Home But Not Alone scheme rolled out across Suffolk to help those in need during coronavirus crisis

A new community scheme is being rolled out across Suffolk to ensure that help gets to those who need it during the coronavirus crisis.

The Home But Not Alone service has been created by partners from Suffolk's councils, police, health bodies and charities which together make up the Collaborative Communities Board.

Volunteers, charities, councils and religious groups can log their details and offers of help on an app, called Tribe Volunteer, which can then be seen by people who require support.

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Sufflk remains at 13. (32306824)
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Sufflk remains at 13. (32306824)

The volunteers will then be matched with a vulnerable person to allow the right help to be given where it's most needed.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

The telephone number for those in need of help is 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed between 9am and 5pm seven days a week.

Chrissie Geeson, Collaborative Communities chairman, said: “In these challenging times, it has been incredibly heartening to have so many people volunteer to help others. In villages and towns across Suffolk, people have taken it upon themselves to mobilise a small army of volunteers to do what they can for people in need.

“The support service will encompass this work but will bring structure and routine to these offers of help. This is just the start of this new service, so we expect the number of offers and requests to grow. People who want to help, or need help, should let us know and we will do the rest.

"It is testament to the hard work of all Suffolk organisations and sectors that we are able to offer this invaluable help.”

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