An army of volunteers took to the streets of Middlesbrough today to spread word of the support available in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Officers from across Middlesbrough Council were joined by colleagues from Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation to hand deliver nearly 70,000 leaflets on the Help Boro initiative to every home in the town.
It's a call to volunteers to come forward, and an appeal to those in need of help and support to get in touch so assistance can be arranged.
The 150-strong team - with support from the Council's Electoral Services department - aimed to complete the distribution by the end of today (Monday, March 23).
The initiative comes amid the latest major escalation in the UK's response to the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The public have been urged to exercise social distancing, work from home where possible and avoid all non-essential travel.
A number of Middlesbrough Council buildings have been closed to the public for the foreseeable future, with staff working round the clock to deliver services through other channels.
The Council now wants to hear from residents who can offer to help in a range of ways, as well as from those in need of help.
Would-be volunteers with spare time are being invited to get in touch to assist with tasks such as:
- Making meals
- Walking and taking care of your pets
- Someone to listen and support you
- Providing health advice and help with taking care of yourself
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "We will come through this providing we take heed of the Government's advice, and work together to support one another.
"That's what Help Boro is all about - making sure we're there for those in need, and offering to help out wherever we can.
"Our officers are working round the clock to maintain services - and if you need help, we want to hear from you.
"I'd also urge anyone who feels able to do so to consider volunteering if they can."
To volunteer or to seek help, visit the Help Boro page.
For those who may struggle to complete the online form, a dedicated team is on hand to provide assistance over the phone - call 01642 729777.