Council commits to extra support for vulnerable residents

North East Derbyshire District Council are bringing in extra resources to support  residents of North East Derbyshire with the cost of living crisis after funding was agreed to employ Community Outreach Workers who will be on hand to help vulnerable people in the district.

Residents who are struggling to make ends meet, or having difficulties paying their energy bills, worried about putting food on the table for their family or struggling with their mental health will be able to contact the council and the outreach workers can help people manage their finances, put them in touch with charities who can help with their bills and signpost them to other services such as food banks and mental health support.

The workers will be a vital cog in a network of support available where they can visit a residents home and offer 1:1 support and advice, giving those in need re-assurance and help during these difficult times.

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said, “We know  how the cost of living crisis is affecting some of our residents this winter and we are committed to supporting those in need as much as we possibly can.

“The Community Outreach Workers will play a vital role in helping people on a 1:1 basis, making sure they are receiving all the benefits, grants and funding they are entitled to, helping them complete any necessary forms or applications, putting them in touch with charities to help with payments and signposting to other services such as mental health and other support . ”

“No one ever has to feel alone, they can always contact us and we will help our residents and communities as much as we can during these difficult times. Please do get in touch if we can help.”

The Community Outreach Service is set to launch in the coming months and residents will be able to contact the council on 01246 231111 where support will be available.