STALYBRIDGE Covid 19 Helpline was set up by resident Nicola Hallam with the support of her friends during the first national lockdown in March.
The helpline, which is staffed by local volunteers, has provided a lifeline in supporting residents who have been unable to get to the shops for food and their doctors/pharmacy to pick up medicines and who do not have family members or friends who can support them with these activities.
The group also provides a friendly voice to support individuals who are struggling with lockdown.
The support helpline number is 0333 772 1731 (cost of a local call) and is open seven days a week from 10am until 4pm.
Ian Cochrane, president elect and community chair of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary and who recently took over as lead co-ordinator for the group, said letters have been sent to local residents the group has supported during previous national lockdowns advising them that the helpline is still available to support them.
He appraised the generosity of E Petch Printers, Stalybridge, who have printed free of charge posters and flyers publicising the support helpline. These have been delivered to doctors’ surgeries, pharmacies and local food stores/supermarkets across Stalybridge and Dukinfield to help further promote the services provided by the group.
Ian also thanked Nicola and all the other volunteers for their continued support in staffing the helpline and collecting medicines and food for households who in the main are shielding from Covid and in need of support.
- Ian is also organising secretary of the Stalybridge Festival Committee. They still have plans to hold the Stalybridge Spring Show on Sunday, May 2 providing lockdown restrictions are eased.