A BOROUGH has launched a new community hub across the public, private and voluntary sectors to co-ordinate help and support for residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

Burnley Together was launched this week provide a 'one stop shop' where businesses, groups and individuals who want to assist and can offer services to those who need it can be brought together.

It aims to help the most vulnerable facing difficulties, worries and loneliness as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

Other East Lancashire boroughs are expected to create similar community hubs in the near future.

Burnley Together has a dedicated helpline – 01282 686402 – which will operate seven days a week between 9am and 5pm manned by experienced call handlers that are able to signpost people to the services as well as a Facebook page, website and email address - contact@burnleytogether.org.uk.

The services on offer are: food parcels; help with shopping; meals on wheels; dog walking; collecting prescriptions; dealing with social isolation and loneliness; financial and debt advice; and housing advice.

Burnley Council leader Cllr Charlie Briggs said: “I’d like to thank all the partners who are taking part, and who will be getting involved, in this initiative, including Calico, Lancashire County Council, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services, Burnley FC in the Community, Spacious Places, the Football Trust and the faith sector.

“I’m particularly grateful, but not surprised, to see the fantastic support we’re getting from the faith and voluntary sectors who are all pulling together in this time of need.

“We’re expecting there to be a high demand for this service and I’d ask that people are patient when they make contact .

“Burnley Together is our borough pulling together to be strong for each other.”

Philip Jones, director for The Calico Group social housing provider, said: “As a Burnley-based company, it is a privilege to play our part in helping our community - especially those most at risk."

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham said: “This service will provide assistance where it is needed the most and I’ve been heartened by the number of people who have already signed up. It’s important that throughout this difficult period that we all look after one another."