Seven community hubs have been set up across Wigan Borough to support vulnerable households affected by Covid-19.
Wigan Council is working with the local community and voluntary sector to coordinate support to those in need in self-isolation, including providing food parcels and delivering vital medical supplies.
To support the effort, council employees will be deployed to the frontline, helping volunteers and key workers to deliver the vital service.
Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at the council said: “In times of national emergency, it’s heartening to see our borough come together in this way.
“I’d like to thank our communities who we’ve been working with since we launched The Deal in 2013 who have offered their support. The council has worked hard to ensure there are seven community hubs operational borough-wide, but that would not be possible without the positive spirit and good-willed nature of our community groups.
“They are key to the success of this initiative and we thank them for all they are doing to help residents during this trying time.
“In addition to the hubs, community groups across the borough are showing fantastic spirit and are doing some brilliant work. Coming together like this really does show The Deal in action.”
The hubs will provide a central base in each community, where referrals for support will be received and delivered. Hubs are based in both Wigan and Leigh town centres, as well as Worsley Hall, Swinley, Atherton, Ashton, Hindley and Shevington.
Although key workers and community groups will operate the hubs, the council is calling upon local residents who are well to volunteer their time so this service can continue to be delivered over the next few weeks and months.
Coun Ready continued: “The hubs are making a great start, but we need good-willed members of the public who are fit and well to help us continue this invaluable support.
“We’re looking for people to support vulnerable people and also volunteers to be kind by packing food or buying food for those in self-isolation.
“Any services delivered by volunteers will of course be within the national guidance to ensure residents’ health and wellbeing.
More information about the hubs, how to volunteer and a self-referral form to access support will be uploaded to the Wigan Council website next week.
If you are in urgent need of support, please call 01942 489018 and a worker from your nearest hub will be in touch as soon as possible.