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Coronavirus support continues for Gateshead residents over summer

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Residents needing support due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will continue to get help over the summer from Gateshead Council and partners.

With the Government scheme to provide food parcels or help with prescriptions to those registered as extremely vulnerable due to end on 31 July, the Council's Cabinet yesterday agreed that we will keep supporting those residents who need help until September.

Since lockdown began, the Council, together with a number of voluntary sector partners including Age UK Gateshead, Mutual Aid and Citizens Advice Gateshead, as well as faith groups and local volunteers have helped more than 4,500 households.

We have supported thousands of residents who have requested emergency food, assistance with shopping and prescription pickup and delivery. We have also supported people by giving them advice about money, welfare benefits, housing and employment issues.

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council, said: "Council staff, our partners in the voluntary sector and volunteers worked together across Gateshead to protect and support those residents who need extra help during the coronavirus lockdown.

"We want to stand by those who are most vulnerable at this difficult time, regardless of the approach being taken centrally by government. Many of our communities were vulnerable pre-COVID and the pandemic has shown the fragilities that exist.

"So, in response to the likely demand and support we know will be needed through the recovery period, we will continue to accept new registrations and also continue to provide welfare calls to those individuals we believe to need support."

Residents that need support with food, routine shopping and other essential items, can register for help online or they can call 0191 433 7112. Alternatively, you can refer someone for help using the same contact details.

Register for help

Anyone experiencing difficulties with benefits, money or their job are able to talk to Citizens Advice Gateshead for free and in confidence. Call 0191 4785100 or visit www.citizensadvicegateshead.org.uk for further information.

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14 July 2020

Residents needing support due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will continue to get help over the summer from Gateshead Council and partners.

With the Government scheme to provide food parcels or help with prescriptions to those registered as extremely vulnerable due to end on 31 July, the Council's Cabinet yesterday agreed that we will keep supporting those residents who need help until September.

Since lockdown began, the Council, together with a number of voluntary sector partners including Age UK Gateshead, Mutual Aid and Citizens Advice Gateshead, as well as faith groups and local volunteers have helped more than 4,500 households.

We have supported thousands of residents who have requested emergency food, assistance with shopping and prescription pickup and delivery. We have also supported people by giving them advice about money, welfare benefits, housing and employment issues.

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council, said: "Council staff, our partners in the voluntary sector and volunteers worked together across Gateshead to protect and support those residents who need extra help during the coronavirus lockdown.

"We want to stand by those who are most vulnerable at this difficult time, regardless of the approach being taken centrally by government. Many of our communities were vulnerable pre-COVID and the pandemic has shown the fragilities that exist.

"So, in response to the likely demand and support we know will be needed through the recovery period, we will continue to accept new registrations and also continue to provide welfare calls to those individuals we believe to need support."

Residents that need support with food, routine shopping and other essential items, can register for help online or they can call 0191 433 7112. Alternatively, you can refer someone for help using the same contact details.

Register for help

Anyone experiencing difficulties with benefits, money or their job are able to talk to Citizens Advice Gateshead for free and in confidence. Call 0191 4785100 or visit www.citizensadvicegateshead.org.uk for further information.

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