Support your local community and be a good neighbour this Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving for many, but for some people this year’s festivities are set to be a difficult time due to the ongoing pandemic.

The more vulnerable members of our communities may not be spending time with their loved ones over the Christmas holidays, so the festive period could prove to be extremely lonely.  For others the impact of coronavirus will see many people struggling with their finances and unsure of where to turn to for help and advice.

There are also many people that find themselves in a position to help others.  So, if you’re considering supporting the local community this Christmas, then why not get in touch with a preferred local charity direct and find out how you can make a donation. 

If you are unable to supply goods or make a monetary donation, you can still lend your support by being a good neighbour and checking on the welfare of vulnerable members of your community, particularly in the event of severe weather.

If you are in the position to give the gift of time this Christmas, then maybe you could consider becoming part of Herefordshire’s volunteer support network run by hvoss.  For more information about volunteering visit the hvoss website.

If you are worrying about finances this Christmas, help and advice is available on Herefordshire’s WISH website.  The website also provides information on local community support with links to over 100 local services and organisations, which are offering groceries and food delivery.  These can help to make a real difference to people who are struggling with their finances and to vulnerable people who are staying at home over the holidays, especially in the more isolated areas.

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope or worrying about how to manage if you are vulnerable and have to isolate and there is not an existing network of people to support with everyday tasks like shopping and collecting medication, the council’s Talk Community COVID-19 Response Team may be able to help.  You can get in touch with the team by completing an online support form.  The team can also be contacted direct by calling 01432 260027 or by email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk (service closed 24 – 28 December and 31 January – 3 January).

Christmas is going to be different this year, but it is important that you continue to protect yourself, your loved ones and others in your community by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering in public indoor areas and practicing social distancing.

Published: 18th December 2020