Volunteer loading food parcels

More than 2,000 people have contacted the Derbyshire Community Response Unit to ask for support during the coronavirus outbreak and we’ve been there to help.

Those who are in the shielded group and those who are vulnerable with no friends or family to help are being provided with food parcels using packaging donated by Amazon. We’re also delivering prescriptions, phoning people who are isolated for a chat and signposting people to financial advice and support.

In an amazing show of Derbyshire Spirit more than 600 people have volunteered to help and are now working with voluntary and community sector groups to support local people. Around 285 organisation and businesses such as taxi firms have also got in touch to offer their support to the community effort.

Derbyshire County Council is leading the Community Response Unit working with the district and borough councils, voluntary sector organisations and public sector partners. The food parcels are packed centrally in premises loaned free of charge by the Chatsworth Estate.

You can find out more about the Community Response Unit on our website.