The Government has published guidance, coronavirus: How to help safely (opens in new window), to enable people across the UK people to safely provide essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation.
Nottinghamshire County Council's Community Support Hub
If you need extra help at home or in your community during the coronavirus outbreak, contact Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080 (monitored Monday to Friday during office hours) or visit Nottinghamshire County Council's community support and volunteering webpage (opens in new window).
If you need extra support outside of these times, please call our emergency number on 01623 463050 for urgent issues relating to COVID-19 only.
I can help cards
‘I can help’ contact cards are being issued by District Councillors to people in their wards. If you want to help someone in your area please download the I can help card (opens in new window), print it out and post it through the doors in your area.
COVID Mutual Aid
COVID Mutual Aid is a national co-ordination group of volunteers who are providing mutual aid. You can sign up to help on the COVID Mutual Aid website (opens in new window).
Some Mansfield food banks are offering collections only at this time – the most up to date list is available on the Mansfield Street Support website (opens in new window). Donations to food banks is decreasing due to the current food purchasing levels. If you can help and donate, please continue to do so.
There is a local food share scheme in place for fresh and dried products. They rely on personal donations and volunteers are still dropping off parcels, shopping and being neighbourly. For more information, go to the Food Share Rainworth, Blidworth and surrounding areas Facebook group (opens in new window) or call 07305 782596.
To help combat the limitations on food supplies locally, restaurants, bars and cafes are encouraged to prepare take away meals and frozen meals that can the purchased by the public and stored. If you are doing this please post your initiatives to our Facebook page (opens in new window) so we can share your messages.
Local food businesses are encouraged to support food banks if they have surplus – please do this via the Mansfield CVS (opens in new window) who can put you in touch with the voluntary groups who need your help the most.
Register for priority access at supermarkets
There is no longer a national food box scheme. However, you can request priority access to supermarket delivery slots (if you do not already have one) by registering for help (opens in new window).
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have suspended face to face contact but you can still contact them by calling 07930 199843 Monday to Thursday (limited hours) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Visit the CAB website for more information (opens in new window).
To talk to someone about new Universal Credit claims, please call 0800 448444, Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.
Mansfield Community Support and Information Line
Mansfield CVS (opens in new window) offer support, advice and signposting to a range of services across the Mansfield district. Call 01623 392444, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
The Grief Line
Lost a loved one and in need of support? Call the Grief Line which supports those who have been bereaved and are in need of emotional support or practical help (food deliveries, medication collection etc.)
Call 0800 111 4451 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.