Once again, the volunteer workforce across Northamptonshire has risen to the challenge and is supporting the delivery of over 300,000 leaflets to every household, ensuring all residents know how to ask for help if they require it.

Redeployed staff, individuals, MPs, community groups, voluntary groups and a call for action from the British Red Cross Reserves, are all playing their part in spreading the message in their communities.

One example of how staff are working differently to support the coronavirus response is at Northamptonshire Sport. A number of staff who would ordinarily be supporting sport clubs and running competitions and courses, have been redeployed to support the coronavirus response.

Utilising their existing relationships with community groups and clubs, the team have asked local running clubs to support the delivery of leaflets and the response has been incredible. Almost 20,000 leaflets are being delivered by three running clubs, Northampton Road Runners, Wootton Road Runners and Abington Park Joggers, across the borough of Northampton.

All three groups have large memberships, all of whom are used to taking regular exercise, so the opportunity to do their bit whilst exercising, is one not to be missed. Individuals have also been doing their bit. Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire was out in Blakesley, Woodend and Slapton delivering leaflets with her family at the weekend. She tweeted:

“So weird! Off with the family to deliver leaflets on how to access support for the vulnerable, (as volunteers for the fantastic Northants Resilience forum). I can’t recall the last time we all went out in the car together!”

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Matt Golby said:

“I continue to be amazed by the response of our volunteer networks across the county. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in this work, whether it has been delivering a few leaflets with mum or dad, or organising a group support in the local community, doing shopping for those in need, picking up prescriptions or making calls to those in need, you are all doing a fantastic job and keeping those most at risk in our county safe and well, thank you.”

Once again, the Northamptonshire County Council coronavirus helpline will be open for calls this bank holiday Friday. Should you, or someone you know, find yourself in need, please call 0300 126 1000 (option 5) between 9am-5pm and help will be arranged.