Across Brighton & Hove many community groups and residents are looking out for one another and are offering support to people who are vulnerable.
If you want to volunteer or want to know where volunteers are needed, go to:
- the Community Works' COVID-19: Latest information and what you can do
- the Brighton COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook group or the Hove COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook group - this is not set up or managed by the council, its information comes from and is shared by the city's community
- Brighton & Hove Food Partnership are looking for volunteers to help local people who are sick, isolated from loved ones or those that are struggling to afford or access food
Community Works and the Trust for Developing Communities are working with the council to bring together a co-ordinated offer to ensure communities are supported.
Top tips for setting up volunteer groups during the pandemic have been produced by Community Works.
Open letter to supermarkets
You can read an open letter to supermarkets from Councillor Nancy Platts, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council about support from supermarkets.
Advice about scams
Fraudsters are targeting the public and organisations with emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus.
Some have set up fake websites selling products and offering ‘cures’. Others have set up bogus websites asking for donations for victims or promoting awareness and prevention tips.
Cold callers have been contacting organisations suggesting they must have certain measures in place by a certain deadline.
To help members of the public protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud, Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, is advising:
- be sceptical if you receive an email, text or WhatsApp message about the Coronavirus, and never click on any attachments or links
- never provide personal data such as your full name, address and date of birth – scammers can use this information to steal your identity
- don’t allow yourself to be pressured into donating money, and never make donations by cash or gift card, or send money through transfer agents such as Western Union or Moneygram
- if you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, then speak to your bank immediately and report any fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
Go to Citizens Advice guidance on scams and fraud.
You can call Citizens Advice’s Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or contact them using their consumer service contact form.
Free school meals scam warning
Be aware of scam emails
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond and delete it immediately.