Gedling Borough Council is writing to elderly people to let them know help is available for them during the coronavirus pandemic.
The local authority is writing to 11,000 residents in the borough who are aged 70 or older who may need support due to the pandemic.
The letter, sent jointly by the Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke, Deputy Leader Councillor Michael Payne and Chief Executive, Mike Hill is being delivered to all residents who have notified the council that they are over 70 through the electoral database.
The letter will ask those receiving the letter if they need any support and will include contact details for the Nottinghamshire Community Support Hub and the council’s own Giving for Gedling webpage.
The letter is part of countywide effort to contact as many people as possible who may be self-isolating as part of the Government’s shielding initiative who may need non-medical support.
The council has also begun inducting volunteers to help deal with the potential increase in demand when the letters are sent. The council is offering help and support including wellbeing checks, befriending, dog walking, food and medicine collections and general support. Their recently opened Humanitarian Centre is also fully stocked and ready to deliver food parcels and over 500 people have signed up to volunteer.
Deputy Leader, Councillor Michael Payne said: “We are sending 11,000 letters out to residents who may need additional support and may not have access to social media and the internet but are in self-isolation and may not have family nearby to help them. Some of the people who receive the letter may not need any assistance at all but we want to make sure.
“We also want to make sure that all of our residents get help if they need it and this more traditional method of communication will reach a number of people who may not be aware that there is help available to them. Our staff and volunteers are ready to respond to any requests for help and we will do everything we can to support our most vulnerable residents.
He added: “If anyone needs help please call the Nottinghamshire County Council number or visit our website.”