Coronavirus task-force is set up to help North Staffordshire villages through the crisis


Community members have formed a task-force to support residents in several North Staffordshire villages during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Coronavirus Community Taskforce will run a network of helpers across Blythe Bridge, Fulford, Meir Heath, Rough Close, Stallington and Saverley Green to ensure those who are in the most need get support.

It has also seen a special edition magazine published to help keep village residents informed, as Fulford Parish Council’s news magazine has been suspended and replaced with a special crisis edition, packed full of Government advice and contact numbers for self isolation support.

The taskforce will coordinate a network of councillors, members and activists in the community to ensure the most vulnerable are being supported during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The special edition coronavirus parish magazine

As well as helping people with basic supplies, the network of volunteers will help share best practice and the best ideas to ensure those in their communities are able to follow the Government advice.

Local councillor Alec Sandiford said: “As the coronavirus crisis continues, people in the parish of Fulford are rightly concerned about their family, friends and loved ones. Even more people are keen to do something to help.

Alec Sandiford
Alec Sandiford

“This crisis is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk and we are determined to do what we can to help them.”

Chairman councillor Gareth Brunt said:  “As people are aware, the country is facing an unprecedented challenge regarding the coronavirus. Our parish is not immune to the challenge, so we must do whatever it takes to tackle this together.

Chairman Cllr Gareth Brunt of Fulford Parish Council has helped set up a coronavirus taskforce to help the elderly

“On Thursday (March 19), I called an emergency meeting of the parish council to discuss a coordinated response to the crisis and formulate a plan going forward.

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“I was proud of to see the proactive and positive manner in which my councillors approached this, and each councillor had arrived at the meeting having suggestions from throughout their wards.

“We believe the solution and most coordinated approach to the situation across our parish is for the parish council, with the support of the community volunteers to lead from the front.

“We have suspended our regular news and replaced it with a coronavirus edition. This will be delivered to every household across the parish. It will contain vital information and recommendations for those who need support.”

Help for residents can be reached at one of the following phone numbers: 07934915653 or 07934915654





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