Nearly 1,400 people have been helped in the first two weeks of the Hyndburn Community Hub.

The ‘locality’ hubs have been set up in each district of Lancashire to help support the people who need it most during the Covid-19 outbreak.

They are being managed and operated by local authority staff who are engaging with community volunteer support.

They will be safety nets for those without others to help them out or if those arrangements break down for whatever reason, including if the person helping them becomes unwell themselves.

The hubs can also signpost residents to services such as preventing loneliness, mental health support and financial and debt advice.

Many extremely vulnerable residents have already been written to by Central Government about the ongoing provision of food.

Signs have gone up around Hyndburn reminding people to ‘Stay at home’ whenever possible and to spread the message about our Hyndburn Hub - which provides vital support to our most vulnerable residents.

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In a statement, Hyndburn Borough Council said: “We have many members of staff who are working extremely hard around the clock - doing essential roles to keep our community safe and well - we want to say a big thank you.

“Thank you to all #HyndburnHeroes - from those working, volunteering, helping to share information or making sacrifices to stay at home - everyone is essential during this difficult time.”

MP Sara Britcliffe has been among regular visitors to the Hub to help, including distribution of 375 Easter eggs to vulnerable individuals and families within the community.

Hyndburn MP Sara Britcliffe with Easter eggs given out as part of the Hyndburn Hub

The chocolate treats were destined for Accrington Stanley this weekend, before the football calendar was postponed due to lockdown. Hyndburn council thanked Hyndburn-based business Studio for the “very generous donation”.

Ms Britcliffe posted on Facebook: “Food parcels are going out and the staff are working very hard to make sure those who are struggling in the community have access to the essential items that they need. This has all been set up in a week thanks to the hard work and dedication of many!”

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS thanked all the people that have come forward and volunteered their time and energy for the Covid-19 Community Support Response, including those businesses that have helped.

In a statement, they added: “A massive thank you to Sara Britcliffe MP who has worked many many hours to make sure that this service is rolled out to support the residents in the borough.

“So far, we have reached 1,398 individuals, and of those, we have actioned 25 prescription pickups, 37 shopping referrals, and four food bank requests.

"We have granted over £1,000 to food banks, and have grants open to further applications. We have recruited, registered and security checked almost 100 volunteers and have a further almost 750 welfare checks to make to our elderly residents to ensure they are being looked after and are not struggling.”

Visit the Hyndburn Council website for more information. Anyone needing practical help or emotional support should contact Hyndburn Hub on 01254 388111 or email [email protected]

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