Appeal for volunteers to help out during coronavirus crisis

Harrow Council is appealing for volunteers to sign up and help the local authority support residents during the coronavirus crisis.

Volunteers may be drafted in to help in a number of ways that could include delivering leaflets and providing information to neighbours on sources of help.

They may also be asked to deliver essential supplies to vulnerable residents or staff control centres.

Harrow Council said it was keen to get suggestions on other ways volunteers might be able to help.

Anyone who is interested – and fit and well enough to provide help – can sign up here.

The council stressed it would not expect or ask people to do any activity that would put them at risk.

As part of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Harrow Council has said it is taking steps to reduce Council Tax for those on low incomes.

It will also be setting up a Coronavirus Hardship Scheme for those experiencing “exceptional hardship” such as those who have lost their jobs and incomes.

The council has set up a dedicated webpage to provide information on support for residents and businesses, service closures and volunteering at harrow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Council leader Graham Henson has warned the outbreak will “significantly impact services”.

“Our priority is to ensure that the council targets the resources it has to help those most at risk in our communities and to continue delivering vital front line services in the coming weeks – and months,” he said.

“We are working closely with our partners, GPs, community leaders, businesses and the voluntary sector to ensure the most in need are supported in the best way possible.”

He said it was vital people followed government advice on self-isolating and social distancing.

“It’s also important that we look out for our friends and neighbours – please give a helping hand where it’s needed,” he added.

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