Sheffield unites to support the vulnerable

Sheffield unites to support the vulnerable

14 May 2020

Although we’ve been working at distance, the city has come together like never before and Sheffield City Council has received astounding support from individuals, businesses small and large and charities, citywide.

Generosity is in Sheffielder’s natures and the overwhelming kindness of spirit has shown that our city has answered the call to deliver help and support to the most vulnerable of our citizens at a time like never before.

This is a message of thanks to each and every person and organisation who has helped with an act of kindness that the city will not soon forget.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It is heart-warming to see so many businesses and charities coming together to support the immediate needs of vulnerable people and families across the city.

“My sincere thanks go out to each and every person who is volunteering their time to support their local community in a time of crisis, and to every business and charity going the extra mile in support of the Community Support Service in Sheffield.

“As we all adjust to the ‘new normal’ during the pandemic, our great city continues to rise to the challenge of delivering emergency supplies to those who need them and in combating loneliness with emotional well-being telephone support on offer.  Together we will get through this.”

As well as our amazing key workers, we want to thank our local community organisations and businesses for all they are doing during this difficult time.

The voluntary, community and faith sectors have a lot to be proud of right now. We’d like to give them all our heartfelt thanks on behalf of Sheffield City Council’s Community Helpline for their amazing dedication and ongoing support.

These organisations are supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, not just now, but every day.  They provide a lifeline for anyone feeling lonely or isolated and are helping with everything from providing food, delivering food parcels, collecting medicines and offering help and advice on a large range of services.

For more information on their amazing work, you can look for Community groups at VAS http://www.vas.org.uk/what-we-do/covid19/.

Businesses of Sheffield we thank you
The response from businesses small and large across the city has been outstanding. Some have donated food or equipment, some have donated their time, all have done it with pleasure and the utmost kindness and we could not be more thankful.

A massive thank you to you all involved, and to those who are still coming on board and offering their support. We are grateful for all offers of help and if your business would like to offer help in anyway please sign up via our e-form here:  https://bit.ly/SheffCovid19HelpUsForm

Some of the organisations supporting the community effort to date are as follows:

  • PriceCheck
  • Booker/Macro
  • Waitrose
  • Costco
  • Batleys Sheffield
  • Heron Foods
  • Irise International
  • The Quays Hotel
  • The Rutland Hotel
  • The Hampton by Hilton
  • Mercure St Pauls Hotel
  • The Leopold Hotel
  • Sheffield College
  • Mercedes Benz of Sheffield JCT600
  • Nestlé Professional UK and Ireland
  • BT Openreach
  • Baby Basics
  • The Digital Exchange
  • WH Smiths
  • Sheffield College
  • Kenwood Hall Hotel
  • RSPCA
  • Morrison & Son
  • Dainty & Heaps

Sheffield City Council's Community Helpline has been operating for over a month now responding to those in need. To date they have have:

  • Taken more than 7000 calls in to the Community Helpline.
  • Issued over 600 emergency food parcels.
  • Helped over 900 households with personal shopping.
  • Helped over 500 households  requesting help to collect essential medication.

If you or anyone you know who is self-isolating or shielding and have no family or friends to call on, ring the Community Helpline 0114 273 4567 or ask for help on-line www.sheffield.gov.uk/coronavirus