Published Thursday, 24 September 2020
Coventry now has a new team to help combat the threat of coronavirus and help residents cope with the many challenges it brings – the Community COVID Advisors.
The group was officially launched today, although some residents may have already met some of its members as they prepared for their new duties over recent days.
The team members are there to provide advice and support to residents and businesses on all areas related to COVID-19.
They will be talking to people in communities – especially those that have seen sudden rises in COVID-19 cases – reassuring those who just need some help in keeping to Government guidelines.
They will be able to advise on social distancing, face masks and protection, visiting family, and how to find support.
Initially, the team will be made up of 17 Council employees who have volunteered to be redeployed from their normal role, plus some staff working additional hours. All staff are undergoing specialist training.
Council Leader Cllr George Duggins, said: “I am so pleased to see the Community COVID-19 Advisors out on our city’s streets. It is a pioneering initiative and one which we think will make a big difference to people and businesses in our communities.
“As a Council, and as a city, we are doing all we can to combat the many challenges of COVID-19 and return to a more normal way of life for everyone. To do that, we need to work together and follow guidelines and keep ourselves, our loved ones and others safe.
“The Advisors are there to help us do that – the team is there to help and reassure people and give them the guidance they need and I look forward to it having a big impact in our local communities.”
Bev Cleaver, one of the Advisors, said: “It’s really rewarding to be out in neighbourhoods talking to people and business owners and helping them through the current difficulties.
“Everyone has been really positive and pleased to see us. They are all keen to help and do the right thing, but sometimes just need a little guidance, or a reminder and that’s where we can help.”