COMMUNITIES throughout Carmarthenshire have been coming together to help support one another in response to coronavirus.

Businesses have also given their support to help wherever they can offering both practical and emotional support during the outbreak.

Carmarthenshire County Council is looking for additional community volunteers to ensure as many options as possible are available to support those in need of assistance.

There are three key roles required in each community – a local co-ordinator, a digital champion and a befriending telephone service.

A local co-ordinator would act as a key point of contact for people in that community needing help and support. They would also need to co-ordinate that support.

A digital champion would be a key point of contact for people in their community needing technical help and support. You would also be required to reach out to people who are not online and manage accounts on their behalf.

A befriending service for the elderly and vulnerable would involve chatting or a telephone call.

Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “The support already out in our communities is quite overwhelming. People from all walks of life have come together to help one another through these extraordinary times. To ensure that we have as many options available as possible for those needing assistance we need more people to help out, whether it’s a spare hour or a few hours then please get in touch with us. A lot of people will be feeling lonely and isolated while lockdown continues and a phone call or by keeping in touch by social media can make all the difference.”

Visit newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.uk for information.

If you have any questions about accessing help or volunteering our helpline is also available on 01267 234567 between 8.30am and 6pm seven days a week.

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