Community support groups spring up in York to help people affected during the coronavirus outbreak

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14 Mar 2020 @ 5.20 pm
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Community spirit is alive and well in York in the time of Covid-19.

Groups are being set up to help fellow residents affected by coranavirus.

There is now a York Covid-19 Mutual Aid group, with the aim of supporting vulnerable people in the city through the outbreak. 

George Turner explained more on the Facebook page.

“We are mainly focused on providing resources and connecting people to their local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

“The basic idea is to coordinate care efforts for people who are self isolating, especially if they are part of a more at risk demographic including the eldery, disabled and people with other pre existing health issues.

“We’re also trying to offer support to those people who are feeling most isolated/anxious throughout the pandemic.”

You can join the group here.

Bishy Road Volunteers

Bishopthorpe Road, York. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr

And in the Bishopthorpe Road area of the city, the Bishy Road Volunteers have already amassed 100 people willing to help.

It aims to creat a network of local volunteers to assist and support vulnerable people in the Clementhorpe and South Bank areas during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Too many old people are already isolated and the danger is that fear and panic will lead to even greater isolation,” said coordinator Jim Richards.

“We need to watch out for our older citizens, making sure they don’t feel abandoned and ensuring that they have access to advice, support and essential supplies.”

On its Facebook Group page he sets out how the volunteers can work together to help those in need.

A meeting has been set up for Tuesday at St Columba’s United Reform Church on Priory Street.