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Help still available for those in need

Published: 10 June 2020

Residents in need of help and support to get food or prescriptions can still register for help if they have no friends or family to call on.

As many people across the county start to return to work, vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours could find themselves with limited or no support.

Residents who are on the shielded list and are in need of help because their circumstances have changed are being urged to register on the national list for supermarket food deliveries.

And residents are also being reminded that our Community Response Unit can also provide help to deliver food, prescriptions or even a friendly phone call to those living alone and feeling isolated.

You can register for the national shielded support scheme online or tel: 0800 028 8327. To register, people need their NHS number which can be found on their prescription or at the top of the letter they received to let them know they are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Anyone not on the shielded list who is in need of food, prescriptions or a befriending call and has no one to help them should contact the Community Response Unit online or tel: 01629 535091 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm or Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Derbyshire County Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“People throughout our county have shown great Derbyshire Spirit in helping friends, family and neighbours with essential support.

“But as more people start to return to work, we understand it may be more difficult for them to keep up that level of support.

“Help is available for those struggling to get the level of support they need either through the national food delivery service for people on the shielded list or through our own Community Response Unit, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”