A thank you to Northampton’s volunteers from the Mayor 

Published: Friday, 28 August 2020

This week the Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Brian Sergeant, issued special ‘thank you’ letters to Northampton’s volunteers and voluntary organisations

 who have been supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

In March, thousands of individuals and voluntary groups responded to the appeal for volunteers. Over the past five months, Northampton Borough Council together with volunteers supported more than 1,100 vulnerable people in Northampton.

Northampton’s army of volunteers helped the community in times of great difficulty in a number of ways by delivering food parcels or personal protective equipment, picking up neighbour’s shopping, providing emotional, mental health and wellbeing support, collecting prescription medication or by getting in touch for a friendly chat.

The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Brian Sergeant, said: “On behalf of Northampton Borough Council, I would like to thank everyone who has helped over the past five months volunteering and supporting our local community.

“Faced with an unprecedented pandemic, the community has risen to the challenge and we have seen fantastic displays of generosity, community spirit and dedication.

“Thousands of people have come forward to support those affected by the lockdown in a variety of ways. Our volunteers have helped thousands of people, making a real difference to their ability to stay safe and well.

“The work we have begun through the pandemic has helped form a more inclusive Northampton and we will work to maintain and strengthen that. Thank you for being such an amazing community and we hope in the not too distant future we can all come together again.”

Residents with symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, should get tested and self-isolate. Tests can be booked online or by calling 119. Home testing kits can also be ordered subject to availability.

Individuals looking for help with mental health should call 111 but press option two. People who need help urgently or in an emergency should call 999.

Those requiring help while self-isolating are advised to call the local community resilience hub support line on 0300 126 1000 (option 5).