Community rallies to help the vulnerable during Coronavirus pandemic
Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the community and private sector, along with the public have joined forces to help those most vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Town Hall has been turned into a hub where food donated from various businesses, wholesalers and food supplier before being distributed to multiple community-run food banks across the borough. Though the donations have been overwhelming, there is still a need for tinned vegetables, porridge, cereal and pet food.
The council has continued its work with New Anglia LEP, key sectors and other partners to enable local businesses access to support and information during this challenging time. Help is accessible through the Growth Hub via 0300 333 6536 or visit www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support for a summary of the latest information.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council has already paid out over £6.1million in grants to businesses as part of the Government funding being made available.
Parking permits have been made available to those who are a member of a medical/care group or are formally working on behalf of the COVID-19 response by providing services to the local community. Once received, this permit allows the holder to park on all on and off-street locations in West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Broadland, Breckland, South Norfolk & Great Yarmouth.
Cllr Carl Smith, leader of the council, said: "Great Yarmouth Borough Council are part of the amazing cross Norfolk, multi-agency response to the Coronavirus crisis and working with local communities across the county to ensure everyone is keeping safe.
"The council have redeployed over 100 of their staff into a new community taskforce, which means they have been assisting with welfare checks, medical deliveries and helping to move the homeless into temporary accommodation.
"During this challenging time, the people of Great Yarmouth have rallied together to help one another, especially those who are vulnerable and unable to leave their homes.
"It gives me great pride to be leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, especially at times like these, when the council steps up to help the people of the borough."