This week, it really will be “Northants Together” when the District and Borough Councils team up with Northamptonshire County Council to mobilise the extensive volunteer network for a county-wide leaflet drop.

Volunteers will be serving their local communities by ensuring that every household in the county receives a leaflet describing the help that is available to them, should they require it, during the current pandemic. All volunteers have been issued with appropriate health and safety guidelines to carry out this task safely, and Northamptonshire Police have been made aware of this activity.

Most people will already be aware of the support that is available through the various online channels but there may still be some who are not, so we want to make sure that if anybody is in any kind of distress that they know how to get help.

Some households may have already received leaflets and information like this through local pop-up groups or existing community support networks, but in order to ensure that everyone in the county is covered, a leaflet will be delivered to every household, starting today.

Residents are asked to keep the leaflet in a safe place should they need to call on help at any time. Circumstances can change and those who are otherwise fit and well today, may find themselves needing help should they become unwell, so having the helpline number handy means that residents can call for help.

Matthew Golby, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said:

“Once again, I am delighted with the incredible response from our volunteer network, continuing to show their support as we seek to reach the most vulnerable across the county.

“Not everyone has access to the internet or “on demand” services which provide up-to-date information about accessing support. By delivering a leaflet to every household, we can ensure that those people receive the local helpline number.

“Additionally, anyone can find themselves in need at any time, so I would like to urge residents to keep the leaflet somewhere safe and accessible, so help can be sought if needed”.

Residents are reminded that if they need support, the helpline number is 0300 126 1000, option 5, and the phone lines are open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm.