A NEW voluntary group has been set up to help Pool-in-Wharfedale residents cope during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Pool Community Care Plan (PCCP) is made up of more than 20 volunteers who have ‘signed up to assist people who are self-isolating’ or vulnerable.

It aims to assist with everything from collecting prescriptions and delivering food - including ‘completely anonymous’ food bank distribution - to offering free dog walking and making supportive phone calls.

The group has set up a Facebook page, featuring the motto Keep Calm and Be Kind, to let people know how it can help.

It has also been distributing cards with contact and further details to homes across Pool.

A spokesperson said: “Do not hesitate to contact us at PCCP and we will do our best to support you.”

The group has set up a Benevolent Fund, too, to support villagers who might face financial struggles in the months to come.

Councillor Barry Anderson (Con, Adel & Wharfedale) was contacted by the PCCP to help publicise their work.

So he has sent details about the group and its services to all of his contacts.

Cllr Anderson told the Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer: “I am advised that, with the help of local Pool residents, they have donated £280 to the hardship benevolent fund and that the food bank is stocking up nicely.

“If you would like further information or want to help please send an e-mail to pccphelp@outlook.com - and use the same e-mail address if you need any help locally or know of anyone who needs help.

“All of this needs to be done within the Government directive to: stay at home unless absolutely necessary; stay two metres apart from others when you do have to go out; and do not meet others outside your household, even if it is family and friends.”

Similar groups have been springing up across the region and the country as people strive to ensure that everyone who needs help within their communities can receive it while the coronavirus pandemic lasts.

In Leeds a helpline has been launched by Voluntary Action Leeds to support vulnerable people across the city who are having to self-isolate - and thousands have already signed up..

To register your interest or find out more visit doinggoodleeds.org.uk, e-mail info@val.org.uk or call (0113) 297 7920.