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Bucks Council support helping vulnerable people

One local hospital worker is grateful for the support offered.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 11:46am 3rd April 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks Council support helping vulnerable people

Buckinghamshire Council has opened it support hubs across the county to support vulnerable people. 

Support Hubs have been set up across the county providing advice to vulnerable people, in connection with government support.

Ben Tofte is 24 and works at Wycombe Hospital, and he is extremely grateful for the support offered:

"If it wasn't for them I wouldnt know what I'd have done. It's massively helpful these teams are set up in Buckinghamshire and across the UK, massively helpful. 

"If it wasn't for this hub, or the Buckinghamshire council setting this up I would be absolutely stuck."

Bucks residents at high risk - often referred to as the shielded population - would receive letters from the NHS or their GPs explaining how to register for support.

Ben registered, the next day someone from the council called him and the day after that he had a package delivered. 

This packaged contained essentials and meant he, made vulnerable due to a breathing condition, doesn't need to leave his home. 

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said it was vital that no one missed out on care and support:

"These hubs will do a fantastic job in supporting the great work already being done by volunteers, community groups, churches and charities right across Buckinghamshire, who are already pulling out all the stops to help our older and more vulnerable residents.

"We're working well with our colleagues in the NHS and with our county's volunteer groups in very difficult circumstances. Everyone is doing their utmost and I applaud their superhuman efforts. Together we'll get through this emergency and emerge a stronger community as a result."

Ben has a one year old daughter and says there will be many more in the area who need help, including parents, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

He is urging them to read the letter and follow the instructions:

"Don't ignore it, set it up the best you can. Go onto the gov website and get the help that you can. 

"All I can say is thank you very much indeed to all the team that are working very hard to get these boxes out to people and I really appreciate all you are doing."

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