Shielded residents in Trafford are being visited by staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to ensure they have the support they need during the coronavirus lockdown.
Since lockdown started, Trafford Council staff have contacted more than 6,600 residents who are on the shielded list to check on their welfare and to see what assistance they might need. Another 600 people have been referred to the Council via the Community Hubs, which were set up to provide a rapid response to the coronavirus crisis.
However, 400 people on the shielded list have not responded, so staff from GMFRS have volunteered to visit them in person. From 22 June, they have been checking if anyone needs help and handing out leaflets with contact details for the Community Hubs and other agencies that could offer assistance.
While out and about, GMFRS staff are wearing uniforms and carrying ID badges to reassure residents that they are from the Service.
Councillor Graham Whitham, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships, said:
"The virus has been horrific but it is heartwarming to see how our communities have come together to look after each other.
“We want to ensure that people in Trafford will receive support when they need it most and our staff have been tremendous in contacting as many residents as possible and checking they are OK.
“Sadly, we haven’t been able to reach everyone so I am delighted that our colleagues in the Fire and Rescue Service have been able to step in and be a reassuring presence.”
GMFRS Station Manager Jim Bridge said:
"We have turned this project around extremely quickly to ensure the welfare of Trafford residents with our council colleagues. This shows the true value of local collaboration and inter-agency working. This can only build on our already excellent relationships with our partners in Trafford."
GMFRS Salford and Trafford Group Manager Paul Duggan said:
"I’m pleased we could work together with Trafford Council to provide this essential provision to keep our communities safe. I’m proud that our staff are working to check on those who don’t have regular contact or support from friends or family at this very difficult time. GMFRS will continue with to work with local authorities and other partners across Greater Manchester to respond to the coronavirus situation.”
Article Published: 08/07/2020 09:16 AM