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Coronavirus: Bungay town council unveils emergency community services

PUBLISHED: 15:52 27 March 2020 | UPDATED: 15:52 27 March 2020

Bungay Town Hall.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Bungay Town Hall. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Bungay town council has unveiled a number of emergency community services it has set up to help the community deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The emergency measures include two new banks of volunteers made from councillors and residents, a free phone system to direct people to help they need, and a delivery and shopping collection service. Photo: Bungay Town CouncilThe emergency measures include two new banks of volunteers made from councillors and residents, a free phone system to direct people to help they need, and a delivery and shopping collection service. Photo: Bungay Town Council

The emergency measures include two new banks of volunteers made from councillors and residents, a free phone system to direct people to help they need, and a delivery and shopping collection service.

“Planning this operation has been incredibly complex and speedily put together for all and the town council has been incredibly fortunate in that it has been supported by a number of amazingly proactive and dedicated volunteers from the local community,” clerk Jeremy Burton said.

“Our own amazing Town Councillors who have orchestrated the operation ( Sue Collins, Bob Prior, Judy Cloke, Phil Love & Assistant Clerk Emma Beese have been ably supported by the following incredibly proactive and dedicated volunteers from the community - Kate Jackson, Eddie Rosier, Lucinda Walker, Sophie Wood, Didy Ward and Katie Walker.

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“There are also many other willing volunteers who have assisted in this huge operation to bring support to the residents of Bungay.”

A flyer has already been delivered to every house in Bungay over the last two days with information on available services, which includes the following.

A new telephone service operateing between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, which clerk Jeremy Burton described as “a considerable task as we have organised 12 volunteers per day.

The number, which you can call on 0300 365 2995, will provide advice and guidance on a whole range of issues, but the idea is to do the following: direct individuals to the appropriate bodies such as the Waveney Foodbank or emergency helplines, medical services, shops, and meal deliveries.

For those currently in dire need of food supplies, the Waveney Foodbank is now offering a service where residents can turn up at the Foodbank without needing a referral and, in addition, there is a freephone number that residents can ring if they need to have an emergency package of food delivered directly to them.

The town council said: “These are challenging times but we are fortunate in that we have a fantastic network of volunteers.”


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