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Coronavirus: Updates and information

We are adapting our services as the situation changes. For details and to find out how to get help or volunteer to help others, visit our 'Coronavirus: Help for communities' page. Please follow the official NHS and government advice.

Coronavirus: Help for communities

We are assisting with the coordination of volunteers and multiple mutual aid programmes developed by residents, voluntary organisations and churches in Cambridge.

We’re committed to supporting our residents and communities, particularly those most in need.

Contact your local group if you want to volunteer to help in your community, or to ask for help.

You can also look for local groups on the Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK website, or join the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Mutual Aid Facebook group. You can also directly request help using this online form.

New groups are forming on a daily basis – we’ll keep this page up to date as things change. If your find your area is not yet represented, email us at community.resilience@cambridge.gov.uk and we’ll put you in touch with your local group.

Support for older people and vulnerable residents

We are working with partners across local authorities and the health service to coordinate support for those in the shielded group (those identified by NHS), those over 70, and those who are vulnerable.

You can register to help with this effort or contact the Cambridgeshire Hub to raise a concern about a resident

Advice to community organizations and volunteers

If you are part of a community group or charity and need specific advice on funding, the challenges your group is facing, or advice and support for volunteers, CCVS have developed some useful guidance.

CCVS also has some tips on setting up a new mutual aid group or volunteering to help in your community [PDF, ].

Donate to the Covid-19 community response in Cambridge

The fund will support community organizations support those affected by Covid-19, particularly older people and other vulnerable groups.

Donate to the Coronavirus Community Fund

Tackling food poverty

A number of residents in Cambridge will be struggling to pay for their food and household goods over this difficult period.

Charities, housing agencies and support services can refer those in need to a local foodbank. Visit the Cambridge Foodbank website to find out more.

You can help by donating food at foodbank collection points within several local supermarkets when shopping for essential supplies. Remember to check the supermarket opening hours and observe social distancing guidelines (stay 2 metres apart from other shoppers and wash your hands when you get home).

If you are a business looking to donate surplus food that can be distributed to those in need, please contact Cambridge Sustainable Food who are coordinating surplus food distribution in the city.

Donate surplus food from your business

Donate blood

The government has classed giving blood as essential travel because it helps meet the needs of vulnerable people and saves lives. If you are fit and well please do donate. Hospital patients are still relying on your lifesaving donations.

Visit the Give Blood website for who can give blood and where to donate .

Give Blood also answer coronavirus related questions on their website.  Be assured that Give Blood have introduced new measures to improve distancing at their centres. Their teams are also trained in thorough universal hygiene precautions to prevent the spreads of all infections.

There is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted through blood donation.

Due to government guidelines, people aged 70 and over and those in vulnerable health are currently unable to donate.

Public health messages in other languages

Cambridgeshire County Council has produced a series of videos with public health information in other languages

The link also includes other resources to help communities during the coronavirus pandemic.