Corbridge Coronavirus Community Support

Thursday May 7th latest: This page has been set up with the support of community groups in Corbridge to be the official community focus as we face the Coronavirus outbreak. Please share this page as widely as you can to inform others in our community about it. Information will also be posted on this Facebook Page so please ‘like’ and follow that Facebook page if you can.

Corbridge community leaders have held discussions about how best to help others – and ourselves – in the coming weeks and months. Including those not online.

The immediate focus has been to build up a list of all those willing to help and their contact details and another list of those who might need our help the most as the situation worsens. (See more about this below the form)

Please complete this form with as many details as possible and indicate if the details are for somebody who can help or for somebody who might need help. We will be in touch.

Note: You can also respond to the government’s separate volunteer appeal, if you want to, as well as Corbridge Coronavirus Community Support. That also applies to our existing volunteers. Both groups of volunteers are needed with some potential overlap. But for Corbridge residents there is no need to respond to Northumberland County Council’s volunteer appeal as the County Council has approved us as the official local community support provider.

The Help Line number for Corbridge residents who are NOT online to request help is:

07519 599474

But please do not use this number if you are able to use the contact form on this page – leaving it free for those not online.

We have had a wonderful response with 136 Corbridge volunteers offering help to date. With thanks to them all. Corbridge has been divided into six volunteer zones and volunteers are being matched to those needing help closest to them. Some have already been busy helping others but not all are required as yet. But, rest assured, all volunteer details have been recorded – along with requests for help now and possibly in the future. As you will appreciate, events are changing from day to day and we are constantly monitoring both online and offline responses.

A postcard-sized card of Corbridge Coronavirus Community Support information – including details of a telephone help line for those not online – was distributed to homes across Corbridge over the weekend of March 21 / 22 in the April edition of local community magazine Corbridge Matters. Stocks of the postcard have also been distributed to many of those shops still open to the public.

Official government and NHS Coronavirus advice is being regularly updated in a rapidly changing situation and that information is readily available via TV, radio and other media, including online.

We do not aim to repeat evolving information you are already hearing or reading on a daily basis from the government. We are focused on sharing information about helping our neighbours and others in our community.

Including picking up shopping for those in self isolation and other groups now advised by the government to “shield” themselves for around 12 weeks or perhaps longer. Along with a focus on details about what is happening in Corbridge itself in terms of daily life via the Corbridge Community Facebook page.

We will do all we can to offer help and reassurance.

Who are we? Corbridge Coronavirus Community Support is a volunteer group brought together by Corbridge Parish Council. It includes Parish Council chairman William Clouston, our Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, local community group Visit Corbridge chairman David Crompton, St Andrew’s Church vicar David Kennedy, Corbridge Methodist Church minister Marie Beard, Corbridge Matters editor Ian Wylie and others. Discussions have also taken place with ‘key partners’ including local NHS representatives.

Our aim is to play a co-ordinating role for the Corbridge community. In an effort to put people in touch with each other. Both online and offline. But to be clear: we are not making decisions for individuals and families. This is non-medical help for those in need while also pointing to other sources of advice where possible.

We will do our best but it is up to each and every one of us in Corbridge to do what we can for both ourselves and our families and – if we are able – for our neighbours and others. In a rapidly developing situation it is also up to individuals to make personal judgements about any risks of doing the latter. While we must all think very carefully about the unintended consequences of a course of action meant to do good but which might increase the chances of passing on Coronavirus.

None of us has seen anything like this before in our lifetimes and we must follow the latest government guidelines in the coming weeks and months, however difficult that may become.

These are very worrying times. But Corbridge has a tight-knit community and we will get through this.

NHS Coronavirus Overview: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Coronavirus: UK government response: https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res…