Northumberland Communities Together -

Northumberland County Council has launched an initiative to coordinate the volunteering networks that have sprung up during the coronavirus crisis.

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Northumberland Communities Together is a dedicated team which will help harness the power of local community volunteers while making sure the county’s most vulnerable residents are protected.

Coun Cath Homer, the cabinet member responsible for community and voluntary sector support, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the many, many members of our local communities who are coming together to provide help to some of the county’s most vulnerable residents at this most difficult of times.

“As a council, we want to support these amazing efforts, while ensuring that help is targeted exactly where it is needed, and that the most vulnerable in our communities are safeguarded and protected.

“This new Northumberland Communities Together hub will enhance the work of local community groups, connecting the most vulnerable in our communities with the support they need, while making sure that they are safeguarded and protected, and that’s where the council can play a critical role.”

Residents wanting to volunteer to provide support can fill in the online form at www.northumberland.gov.uk/communitiestogether

Community organisations will have already heard from the council or will be on the list to be contacted in the coming days.

At the weekend, we reported that Northumberland Community Voluntary Action (Northumberland CVA) is working with the council to identify where support is available and has created an online spreadsheet to collate all this information.

The database, which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yx2p35wq, features the details of existing organisations, new mutual aid groups, food banks and businesses offering food delivery, health and wellbeing provision, and others.

If anyone has information to add, they can contact Marc Johnson, from Northumberland CVA, on [email protected] or 01670 858 688.

Meanwhile, the Community Foundation has set up a special coronavirus fund to support charities and community groups in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear to help those affected.

People can support the fund, which is currently sitting at more than £350,000, via its JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CoronavirusFund