Bassetlaw Council will further help the most vulnerable access vital services

Over the last three weeks, Bassetlaw Council, Bassetlaw Community Voluntary Service (BCVS) and a number of other agencies and volunteers have been at the forefront of ensuring that vulnerable people in the district are safe and well during the lockdown, writes Coun Simon Greaves.

By Steve Eyley
Friday, 17th April 2020, 7:00 am
Coun Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw Council leader
Coun Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw Council leader

This multi-agency approach has already helped hundreds of people with necessities such as putting together and delivering food parcels for the most in need, providing help with shopping, delivering essential medication or even just being a friendly voice on the end of the phone.

Thankfully, many people in Bassetlaw have family nearby or good friends and neighbours who are looking out for them.

However, this is sadly not the case for some.

That’s why in the next few days, all Bassetlaw residents who have been identified as being in a potentially vulnerable group will receive a letter from the council about the services that are available to them.

I want to reassure everyone that while you are carrying out the important task of staying at home, we will be here for you when you need us.

The full details of the services available will be contained in the letter, but you can also get more information at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk or by calling 01909 533 533 between 9am and 5pm, or emailing [email protected]

This week I was also delighted to approve funding of £25,000 to BCVS so it can continue to carry out vital community work.

I’d like to thank everyone who is contributing to this effort, as well as supermarkets Morrisons and Tesco for their extremely important donations of food.

I’d also like to thank all the people, especially children, who have been leaving messages of support on their bins and in their windows for refuse collectors.

Despite a number of pressures, the refuse team is doing everyone proud and continuing to collect general waste, recycling and garden waste in the face of new ways of working and sometimes reduced numbers of staff.

They are doing a great job and your support and appreciation really goes a long way.

Finally, I’d like to urge everyone to continue to follow the Government’s guidance and stay at home.

Coun Simon Greaves is the leader of Bassetlaw Council.