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NYCC SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS

North Yorkshire residents are being reassured that help is available throughout the Christmas period for those who need it. The County Council’s customer service centre will act as an emergency community support line every day from 9am to 5pm on 01609 780780. People are being urged to plan ahead and keep checking on family, friends and neighbours, but council staff and Team North Yorkshire volunteers will be on standby for anyone who needs help while many of the community support organisations take a well-deserved break.

Almost everyone in North Yorkshire has adapted in one way or another this year. Community support organisations and voluntary groups across the county are no exception.

From befriending services to delivering shopping and prescriptions, people in North Yorkshire have pulled together to accommodate the needs of their neighbours.

The Bedale community minibus service has picked up delivering prescriptions to those in the community who have been limiting their outside contacts but need to get their medication. Under normal circumstances, the Bedale Community Minibus team organise trips out for those in the area.

Malcolm Bloor, a member of the organisation, said: “Our small organisation is really unique. We are independent and provide community transport. We were originally given a minibus for use in the Bedale area which was used to arrange day trips and take people out.”

He said one of the local pharmacies in Bedale has provided a home delivery service for a number of years, but became overwhelmed with requests during Covid. A local volunteer group helped at first, but Bedale Community Minibus were approached by North Yorkshire County Council to see if they could pick up the service.

Malcolm added: “We go to the chemist, the driver shows their ID and they get a box of medication and then drive round delivering it to people in the community. We make sure someone at the house, either the person themselves or a carer, take the medication from us so it’s delivered and we can report back any problems to the pharmacy.”

People who need support with shopping, prescriptions and other essentials but don’t have anyone to call on, or anyone concerned about the welfare of someone else, can contact North Yorkshire County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780. The centre is open seven days a week 8am to 5.30pm. People can also contact us by email or live chat at www.northyorks.gov.uk/contactus.

To find local businesses offering food deliveries and takeaways, go to the Buy Local directory at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buy-local.

People can also find details of local voluntary and community groups offering support at www.northyorkshireconnect.org.uk.

For more information about the help available go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/coronavirus

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