Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are liaising with partners across Suffolk to respond to an increased demand for community support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Communities Officers will be contacting every voluntary and community sector group we work with to establish if it’s viable for them to continue to operate, and if so in what capacity. For those groups who sadly have no option but to cease operating, we will ascertain future plans and assist with providing support.
We will help volunteers, particularly those in the at-risk groups, adhere to guidance from Age UK and Community Action Suffolk - only carrying out volunteering duties if it is safe for them and the public to do so.
Enabling the delivery of a joined up beneficial approach for our communities remains a priority, so we will work with partners such as town and parish councils and partners in the voluntary sector to achieve this. We are currently working with partners across Suffolk on making an online platform available to help coordinate volunteers and support for the vulnerable as part of the emerging community response.
The financial measures that we will be implementing to ensure our communities thrive include:
We are committed to empowering our communities in Babergh and Mid Suffolk to remain resilient during this difficult time and will continue to update information as and when it becomes available.