One month into this very challenging period of lockdown, the number of volunteers that have come forward in virtually every village in the area has been astounding and heartening; it really has been a time when the best in people has shone through adversity.
We have been working closely with these community volunteer groups and putting them in touch with people who need their help, while our district councillors have been calling all elderly residents in their wards to check if they are ok or need any assistance. Find a volunteer group in your locality
The Lib Dem team and the staff at South Cambs District Council have been working very hard to offer residents as much practical help, continuity of service and reassurance as possible. They have compiled a huge amount of advice and support information on their coronavirus page, covering bill payments, housing, help for businesses, domestic abuse and emergency baby supplies among many other things. They have also produced a comprehensive advice pack for parish councils, to support their efforts to help the most vulnerable people in their communities.
Led by Peter McDonald, Lib Dem councillor for Duxford, a dedicated team at the district council have been working at breakneck speed to distribute government grant money to small businesses. They have transferred funds to about 1500 businesses so far, and are trying to track down another 500 that are thought to qualify for aid. If you think you may be one of them and you haven’t heard from the council, please contact them, they are ready to help.
Another piece of good news is that the council is able to start a phased return of green bin collections from 4th May. After a difficult few weeks when they were suspended due to severe staff shortages, a skeleton service will resume, which will ensure safe distancing for the operatives. Find out full details
This is undoubtedly one of the most difficult times that many of us have ever faced. But through pulling together as a community with acts of compassion and generosity, we can make some difference to those who need help the most. Take care everyone, and stay well.