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Help available for those in need

Thursday, April 2, 2020   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: support, services, lockdown

Many minds have turned to the vulnerable, elderly and those in need of help with the country in lockdown.

The good news is that Cantabrians in need of assistance in accessing essential household goods and services due to the COVID-19 lockdown can get help via a local helpline.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Canterbury Group Controller Neville Reilly said that a local helpline is now operating to help vulnerable people who are unable to access essentials such as food and medication. This service is provided in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and all district councils in Canterbury,

“These measures will particularly assist the disabled, at risk groups, and people who cannot access these services themselves. This service is intended for those facing hardship and is offered in addition to a range of other support measures provided by other agencies - particularly the Ministry of Social Development.”

“We request that - if you are able to provide for yourself at this time - please help by keeping the line free for those who need urgent assistance.”

Residents who need assistance can call 0800 24 24 11. The helpline will operate:

  • 24/7 for Christchurch City and Banks Peninsula;
  • 7am to 7pm daily for the Waimakariri District; and
  • during normal council business hours in the Selwyn District.