Message from Chrissie Geeson – Suffolk County Council
This email is to inform you of changes to the support offered by the Home, But Not Alone phoneline. This information will be useful to you if you are frequent or occasional users of the phoneline for those you look after.
In line with changes to Government guidance to those who have been shielding, from 5pm on July 31st the Home, But Not Alone phoneline will no longer provide:
• Free emergency food deliveries
• Medicine deliveries
Shielded residents in Suffolk have been written to by Government and are aware of these changes.
For the short-term, the team at Home, But Not Alone will still be able to offer help and advice to those most vulnerable in our communities and signpost to neighbourhood or countywide support.
As the Government continue to lift restrictions, especially for those who are shielding, and the levels of COVID-19 continue to fall, we are reviewing the level of support on offer in Suffolk. This may mean that further changes may be announced to the support offered by Home, But Not Alone in the future. However, these services are designed to be reintroduced and stood up once again if there is a significant local outbreak. We will keep you updated on further changes.
Thank you for your support of the Home, But Not Alone service. We are incredibly proud of the fact we have been able to work together to help thousands of people during the most acute challenges of lockdown. This help has been made possible by the hundreds of community and neighbourhood groups in Suffolk and a significant number of volunteers.
Thank you Suffolk!
With best wishes,
(Head of Localities and Partnerships, Suffolk County Council)
Chair of the Collaborative Communities COVID-19 Board
The Board is made up of: Community Action Suffolk, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Church of England in Suffolk, East Suffolk Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, Ministry of Defence, National Probation Service – Norfolk & Suffolk, Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Suffolk Community Foundation, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Voluntary Organisations Group, West Suffolk CCG, West Suffolk Council
The Suffolk Collaborative Community Board