A new telephone hotline is now available to help Bristol's most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic.
We are Bristol's dedicated support number went live today (31/03), earmarked to assist those who are isolated and worried.
Initially, trained call handlers will be available 8:30-17:00, Monday to Friday - supporting people needing food supplies, medication and other essential items.
They can also help arrange follow-up support with local organisations.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: "The coronavirus pandemic means many of us are worried, anxious and need help.
"Here in Bristol we have volunteers who are waiting to help you – when you most need it. We hope to move the hotline to a seven day operation soon.
A telephone #WeAreBristol hotline has been launched in Bristol to help the city’s most vulnerable citizens during the #coronavirus pandemic. It's for those who really need our help right now. Call 0117 352 3011 (initially 8.30am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Read more: https://t.co/9dNpmPZOzm pic.twitter.com/br5CclLaYn— Bristol City Council (@BristolCouncil) March 31, 2020
“Anyone concerned about feeling isolated ... could benefit from the phone line. Even if you simply need someone to walk your dog or a person to talk to once a week.
"After all, a problem shared is a problem halved."
People feeling distressed from COVID-19 in the area can call We are Bristol on: 0117 352 3011.