Residents are being encouraged to get behind a new community support scheme which has been set up to help meet the everyday needs of vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus.

#StokeonTrentTogether has been formed by the council and voluntary sector organisation VAST and will specifically help those who are self-isolating and who do not have the support of friends or family to call upon.

Residents are being asked to get in contact if either they need support or are able to offer support to members of the community who are self-isolating or vulnerable – such as elderly residents and residents who need some extra help and are not already accessing medical or agreed care packages.

Some of the support options #StokeonTrentTogether provides includes:

Prescription collection
Shopping
Gas or electricity meter top-ups
Conversations
Dog walking

Council leader Abi Brown said: “As a local authority, we are doing everything we can to support people, but we recognise we are unable to respond to all the needs of the community alone at this time. We are pleased to be working with VAST as part of our response to coronavirus to ensure we are all looking out for one another.”

Residents can access the website via www.vast.org.uk/covid-19-support-network or call 0800 5615610 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.

For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit Public Health England: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
and the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular hand washing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The importance of this action cannot be underestimated.

For more information on digital services, visit www.stoke.gov.uk, download the MyStoke App, or follow the city council’s social media channels.