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Coronavirus Kent: Swale council seeks volunteers to help support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 outbreak

Swale council is asking for volunteers to help support vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.

The authority has been asked by the government to co-ordinate how to get support out to those who need it the most in the community.

Swale council is looking for volunteers to help those who are vulnerable in Swale during the outbreak. Stock picture
Swale council is looking for volunteers to help those who are vulnerable in Swale during the outbreak. Stock picture

A council spokesman said: "We need to make sure these people can access information and can contact us to let us know the support they require.

"This also involves working with our partners in the community and voluntary sectors for their support.

"We are already working hard to help the local community respond to this unprecedented situation and this scheme is an important part of that."

He added: "The government has given us guidance on how this scheme should run and we are urgently mobilising our efforts."

The council is now looking for volunteers to help with deliveries of food and medicines to vulnerable residents in the borough.

It said volunteers must not be in one of the high-risk categories identified by the government, which include people who have received organ transplants, those who have specific cancers, such as blood or bone marrow or who are undergoing active chemotherapy, and those living with severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis and severe asthma.

The authority also said training would be given and social distancing measures would be followed by all temporary support and voluntary roles.

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