700+ calls made to vulnerable Old Town residents


At the beginning of the lockdown the Liberal Democrats launched the #EBtogether Community Call Centre - our telephone drive to call vulnerable Eastbournians and signpost them to the support they need.

Thanks to the passion, commitment, and determination of our team of 40+ volunteers we hit our target of contacting 5,000 residents across town, including 700+ in Old Town.

The Eastbourne and Willingdon Lib Dems' response to Coronavirus, has won the award for being the best telephone drive in the UK during the lockdown - and a place in the Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame.

The Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame initiative has been launched by Sir Stuart Etherington, the former Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation and Chair of the Liberal Democrat Coronavirus Community Taskforce. As well as helping people with basic supplies the EBtogether have been doing a range of work from sharing best practice and ideas to organising volunteers to call over 5,000 people, (700 plus in Old Town) across Eastbourne to offer assistance.

Old Town County Councillor Cllr. John Ungar said "I am so impressed at the way so many Old Town people have come together to help in our community. When I was phoning local vulnerable residents I was so pleased that people were determent to beat the virus by following National guidelines. I also heard about the high level of help friends and neighbours were providing to them. I would like to say "thank you".

If you need help and support during this most difficult time, you can contact Eastbourne's Community Hub. The hub has been working hard supporting residents across Eastbourne.

Online:  https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/

Phone: 01323 679722 (option 1)

There is also a large variety of information and links;  go to  https://www.eastbournelibdems.org.uk/coronavirus

If you would like to hear more about Eastbourne, you can also go to https://www.facebook.com/eastbournevoice


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