Community in Denholme comes together during coronavirus outbreak

A special website and text message service has been set up to offer help to those most in need

People in the small town of Denholme, near Bradford, are rallying round in these tough times to help out those most in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

A new website called 'Denholme Assist' has been set up, along with an accompanying text message service, to connect people who require assistance with volunteers who are offering to help.

Volunteers advertise what services they can potentially provide, such as getting shopping, collecting medication, or simply offering to phone someone to make sure they're OK.

Those who are most in need, including the elderly, vulnerable and those with underlying health conditions, can then use the website to see what help is available and ask for assistance.

And for those who aren't 'digital savvy', a text message service is also available.

Denholme Assist is working closely the town's Neighbourhood Watch, many of whom are volunteering on the website, dropping leaflets to neighbours offering assistance and offering to print out the posters for people who need them.

Shane Hollingdrake, the website's founder, says:

"It's really important that there is a sense of pride and community spirit. What this platform is about is capturing the community spirit that we've got and people that are willing to help, and making sure people have got access to the supplies and information that they need during this time."

You can find out more at https://www.denholmeassist.co.uk/ 

Alternatively, anyone needing help can text the word DENHOLME, followed by a description of what assistance they need, to 87007.



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