Newark and Sherwood District Council appeal for residents over 70 to get in touch
Officers at Newark and Sherwood District Council are calling residents aged over 70 who have not had any contact with either the county or district council since the outbreak of covid-19 virus.
The calls are to ensure they have the help and support they currently need or are likely to need in the future.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, some residents may lose their usual support networks and the district council said it was important to identify where help was needed.
All residents scheduled to receive a telephone call will soon receive a letter containing more information.
The council is asking everyone to remain vigilant because there are fraudulent operators working across the county.
It asks residents to refer to their letters for more information and reiterates they would never ask for any personal information.
This local effort is replicated across the county, with other local authorities carrying out wellbeing telephone calls to residents.
In Newark and Sherwood, it is anticipated all calls, which will be made seven days a week between 10am and 7pm.will be made by mid-July.
Council leader David Lloyd said: “Whilst some of us will be able to return to work, return to shopping in the supermarket, reach out and chat to friends and family, there are others who will not be able to.
“As a district council we will either support those people directly or signpost to other internal and external services that may be able to help.”
The council set up the Humanitarian Assistance Response Team (Hart) at the beginning of the pandemic, which has so far helped more than 600 residents.
If isolated and in need of help with the supply of food, medication or are in need of a befriending service, there are community groups operating across the district that can help.
These groups are listed on the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/hart
Anyone vulnerable and/or struggling with the means to pay for food, should email the hub at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have access to internet or email call 0300 500 8080.