The Team Leeds Hearts and Minds programme has produced a new Team Leeds Story, which shines a light on the work of the Community Care Hubs during the pandemic. It is a great example of what can be achieved in partnership.
As Covid-19 spread across the city, many local people found themselves stuck at home for prolonged periods because they were in lock-down, self-isolating, shielding, and /or falling into financial difficulty. This meant they weren’t able to access essential items such as food and medical prescriptions. Some people became isolated from loved ones, their local communities and faith sectors, with many not having anyone to talk to. Whilst Covid-19 affected everyone, we know that some people were disproportionately impacted, especially those living in our poorer communities, those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, those with existing complex health needs and older people.
To help people stay healthy and safe, a group of third sector organisations joined together to form a partnership of Community Care Hubs. Supported by local volunteers, the hubs were able to provide essential support to those that needed it most. This included delivering food parcels, prescriptions, dog walking, wellbeing calls, and more.
Catch up with the previous film in this series, Team Leeds Shielding video, which represents a diverse range of health, care and third sector partners and the complex pandemic partnership that emerged due to our need to work at both scale and pace.