Coronavirus hotlines set up to mobilise “community army”
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Mayor has issued an unprecedented rallying cry to the city’s residents and
businesses in a bid to mobilise a “community army” to tackle the Coronavirus
Mayor Joe Anderson has instructed the city council to set up
two hotlines – one to recruit a volunteer army, the other to identify and help
the city’s most vulnerable.
He is also calling on the city’s businesses community and
voluntary organisations to register their support to assist communities
overcome the pandemic over the coming weeks and months.
The two telephone hotlines go live at 2pm today, just as the
Mayor begins chairing Liverpool’s Health and Wellbeing Board which will discuss
the city’s latest plans to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
The volunteer hotline is 0151 233 3068. Key tasks identified will be for people to help deliver
medication to those in self-isolation, or check in with neighbours. This phone
line can also be used to volunteer for Liverpool Foodbanks who require lots of
volunteers across the city.
The support hotline is 0151 233 3066. This has been established for anyone to call who feels they
need support with a range of basic tasks because they don’t have a support
network – friends and family – in place.
Both hotlines will be manned from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.People can also sign up online via Liverpool City Council’s website: www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool is famous for its
community spirit, and we will need to call on it now – more than ever
everyone is changing in a way few could ever have imagined. Only by
working together will we steer our way through this.
“The council has been
implementing our own well-rehearsed contingency plans to cope with a pandemic,
and is already using its network of contacts to mobilise so we can protect the
“But it is not enough. We
simply don’t have the volume of staff to fully respond to this crisis.
“If you are
healthy and fit, and are not living with someone with Covid-19 – Liverpool
“There is a
vast number of roles for people to perform over the coming weeks and months –
and we need to begin the process of assessing the needs and deploying those who
without saying – these are unprecedented times. It is
impossible to overstate the seriousness of the situation, but I know this city
will emerge on the other side all the stronger for it. Our unity and spirit are
famous the world over – and we are going to need every ounce of it to get
through the coming months.
“And we all have a crucial part to play, which first and foremost is to do everything possible to protect ourselves, to protect others, and protect our NHS. We need to take care not to spread the disease and take care of each other.”