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Coronavirus: Cambridge City Council to create support network clusters

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Cambridge City Council are bringing together a network of clusters to support during the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge City Council are bringing together a network of clusters to support during the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Keith Heppell

A support network for the community is being set up by Cambridge City Council to help during the coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19 mutual aid groups were created across the city within hours of the calls for social distancing, with the aim of coordinating volunteers.

Many households have been sent messages offering help and, since then, the city council and local groups have been working to set up a network of clusters to bring together lead councillors, voluntary organisations and mutual aid groups in each ward to coordinate support.

Cllr Anna Smith, executive councillor for communities, said: “The response from the community in Cambridge has been absolutely amazing.

“Individuals, businesses and existing groups have come forward in huge numbers and have already provided so much support for those in need.

“I want to thank every single person who has done this. I know how many people are, and will be, grateful to this incredible response in the coming weeks.

“It’s not too late to volunteer, whether to support our local groups, to offer to prepare food or to help the NHS. If you can volunteer, whilst keeping yourself and your loved ones safe, please do so.

“I cannot express my thanks strongly enough for all our heroes during this time. Our volunteers, our ward based groups, our businesses, our council staff, and all our city’s key workers, including NHS staff. Thank you for what you are doing.”

Cllr Smith added: “I also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone in the city to follow the advice on hygiene, staying at home as much as possible and following social distancing on necessary trips outside.

“By doing this, we are all helping our friends, neighbours and loved ones, supporting our NHS, and saving lives.”

The council has given the groups funding to help set up communication with residents in their wards.

The contact details for each cluster group will be published at cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-help-for-communities on Monday, March 30 at 5pm.

To volunteer with your local group, contact them directly.

A food distribution network is also being set-up for those facing financial hardship and struggling to feed themselves and their families.

More information will be provided next week.

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