'Together we will get through this' - Sheffield council leader pays tribute to generosity of city

The leader of Sheffield Council has thanked individuals, charities and businesses in the city for the way they have come together to support people during the coronavirus crisis.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 7:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 7:16 pm

Arbourthone councillor Julie Dore issued the message today to everyone who has helped others during the lockdown on behalf of the entire council.

She paid tribute to the city’s key workers, who have helped keep the city running during the pandemic, as well as the voluntary and faith groups who have provided a lifeline for the isolated.

And she also praised the dozens of businesses who have helped those in need as well as the council workers who have manned the hotlines for vulnerable people.

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She said: “It is heart-warming to see so many businesses and charities coming together to support the immediate needs of vulnerable people and families across the city.

“My sincere thanks go out to each and every person who is volunteering their time to support their local community in a time of crisis, and to every business and charity going the extra mile in support of the community support service in Sheffield.

“As we all adjust to the ‘new normal’ during the pandemic, our great city continues to rise to the challenge of delivering emergency supplies to those who need them and in combating loneliness with emotional well-being telephone support on offer. Together we will get through this.”

Since the beginning of the crisis, Sheffield Council’s community helpline has taken more than 7000 calls, issuing over 600 emergency food parcels and helping more than 500 households collect essential medication.

Councillor Julie Dore.

Many of these food parcels have been packed at the Moor Market by parking staff, while library service employees have been providing a talking service for the lonely and isolated.

And thanks to the support they have received, the council has also been able to support 20 foodbanks with food and other essentials including baby and sanitary products.

If you or anyone you know who is self-isolating or shielding and have no family or friends to call on, ring the community helpline on 0114 273 4567 or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/coronavirus.