Lib Dems launch initiative to support the elderly during coronavirus

Eastbourne’s Liberal Democrats have launched a new drive, #EBtogether, supporting thousands of vulnerable people across the town through the coronavirus crisis.

#EBtogether’s flagship initiative is the Community Call Centre, which provides telephone support to the elderly, who have been required to self-isolate for 12 weeks to ‘shield’ themselves from the global pandemic.

#EBtogether’s Community Call Centre callers check-in on residents aged 70 and above and signpost them to practical support offered by Eastbourne Borough Council and local voluntary groups, including grocery shopping and prescription pick-up services. The Community Call Centre is operated remotely by the party’s councillors and volunteers.

We've smashed through our target of reaching 1,000 elderly residents across the town, and are now working to provide support to 5,000.

Josh Babarinde, #EBtogether Co-ordinator, said: “With necessary self-isolation measures stepping up, many elderly people without family or internet access find themselves cut off from the support they need. We want every resident of Eastbourne to know that they are not alone. Our Community Call Centre goes back to basics. It connects them with the help they need by telephone.”

The group is appealing to other political parties to replicate #EBtogether’s Community Call Centre model.

Babarinde continued: “There are many more vulnerable people who we just can’t reach alone. That’s why we’re calling on all the political parties in Eastbourne and Willingdon to join us in repurposing political activists into humanitarian volunteers for our town. We’ve got to get all hands on deck”.

Lib Dem Councillor David Tutt and Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council said: “for anyone reading this who needs help, please contact the government helpline if you’ve received a letter from the NHS stating that you’re eligible. If you haven’t received this letter please call Eastbourne Borough Council on 01323 410000 who will alternatively be able to provide support.”

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