County's community spirit continues to shine through

Councillor Simon Geraghty Published Wednesday, 15th April 2020

The Leader of Worcestershire County Council has thanked the county’s residents for coming together and helping us to ensure people stay safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our Here2Help community action campaign has seen over 1,200 volunteers register since its launch four weeks ago.

There have been many other highlights during these testing times, that have shown that the community spirit across our county remains stronger than ever.

Whether it be finding the extra hotel rooms needed in just 48 hours, delivering food parcels, or setting up a helpline for school leavers to talk through their next steps; there’s been plenty that has really made a difference, bringing smiles to people’s faces, during these sad times.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, Leader of the County Council, said: “More than ever before this is a time when Worcestershire has really come together to help each other through this situation and I am hearing so many examples of this across our County.

We all need to play our part by taking the advice from the medical experts and by observing the rules that have been put in place for our own safety and wellbeing.

An enormous amount of work is already being put in by people all over the county and I want to thank all who are keeping our county going through these extraordinary times. Worcestershire's Here2Help service has already responded to over 1000 residents in need so please do contact us if you need assistance - we are here to help.

Staff are working long hours, seven days a week, to provide the essential services that we need from vital social care, keeping schools open for vulnerable children and those of key workers, ensuring we can dispose of household waste and maintaining our highways.

We are working closely with our district and parish councils, side by side with our NHS colleagues and we are connecting with the very many community groups and charities that are providing fantastic support to those who need it in Worcestershire. ”

The County Council is doing everything it can alongside the local NHS and Public Health England to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Worcestershire are protected.