Community Support during Coronavirus

Published: Friday, 20th March 2020

Find out information about Neighbourhood Watch, signing up as a Community Reserve Volunteer, and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Working Together

If you are a community group or volunteer who can offer help with tackling loneliness, prescription collection for someone who is unable to leave the house or community support such as transporting items between foodbanks, then please sign up on the County Council’s website.

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)

Neighbourhood Watch has operated in the UK since 1982 and over 8 million households identify as members of Neighbourhood Watch.  The charity and its members play a vital role in helping the police, along with local authorities, reduce crime and build safer communities.  People who live in NHW areas are less likely to become victims of burglary. In recognition, some insurance companies offer discounts to members of NHW.

Members value neighbourliness and friendly communities, supporting people to help each other especially the elderly and disadvantaged.  You can join NHW on https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/ and by joining, you will then be allowed to join the local NHW messaging, that will include information from the Police and Action Fraud direct to their email inbox on crimes and crime prevention.

For further information about the different types of criminal activities you can go to https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/help-and-advice/toolkits and for information on how to protect your home go to www.protectyourhomenorthants.co.uk which will give you some good advice in protecting your home, from the Crime Prevention Team at Northants Police.

Volunteering to Help in Your Community

Are you wanting to get involved with helping your community through these unprecedented times but don’t know how to?  We are working with the British Red Cross to recruit Community Reserve Volunteers.

  • Why we need these volunteers

When a major crisis hits, members of the public are often quick to offer their support.  Properly coordinated, this help can be invaluable.  By recruiting Community Reserve Volunteers, the Red Cross can harness the goodwill of the public in advance of a crisis, so that when an emergency happens, those registered in that area can play an active and immediate role in helping.

  • What is a Community Reserve Volunteer?

A Community Reserve Volunteer is anyone who wants to help their local community if a large incident should occur, but is perhaps unable to commit to regular volunteering with us.  No specialist skills are required and the volunteers can decide whether to respond to an incident on a case-by-case basis.

  • How do Community Reserve Volunteers work with our current emergency response teams?

Community Reserve Volunteers will carry out practical tasks, leaving our existing volunteers free to concentrate on more technical tasks they have been trained to do, such as providing practical and emotional support directly to people in crisis.  Community Reserve Volunteers work in small teams led by an experienced Red Cross volunteer who will ensure that the teams are well supported and directed.

Sign up as a Community Reserve Volunteer:

Email: reserves@redcross.org.uk

Website: redcross.org.uk/reserves

Northamptonshire Community Foundation

The Northamptonshire Community Foundation is a unique charity which promotes and manages philanthropy.  They are the leading independent grant-making charity in the county and are proud to have worked with their fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local needs, helping their donors make the most of their charitable giving.  They deliver a variety of funding for the local voluntary and community sector awarding grants of over £1million annually and are dedicated to funding community-based action which improves the lives of our county’s most disadvantaged people and communities. Child poverty, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and social isolation are just some of the issues they strive to tackle each year.

They have announced information about a National Emergencies Trust APPEAL and will provide a link for applications and guidance as to how organisations can access the funding within the next few days.  For more information go to http://www.ncf.uk.com/.