Kent Together launch video transcript

Roger Gough, leader of Kent County Council, speaks from his home about the launch of Kent Together.

As we go through the crisis of Covid-19, many of us are lucky enough to have the support of family and friends.

But for others who need more and different help there is an enormous amount already going on across our county to provide that.

Whether it's us at the county council, district and borough councils, the NHS, voluntary and community sector, national government, many others... all are seeking to help.

We see that already in a number of ways;

We see it in the first delivery of food to those with the greatest clinical need, the people who government says are being shielded during this crisis.

We see it in the big upsurge of volunteers in parishes and towns across the county wanting to help friends and neighbours to get through this time, and we see it in the work of district and borough councils who are drawing that work together in their communities, and ensuring that it takes place.

What we want to make sure is that everyone who needs that help gets it. That there is no wrong door. That no one fails to get support when they need it, and that is why today we are launching the Kent together helpline.

You'll see the details of how you can find that online, or the phone number at the end of this video.

What this seeks to ensure is that if you need help, whether it's supplies, medication, other forms of general support, or if you're concerned about someone who you believe needs that help, you can reach that helpline.

It's 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week and that can then ensure that the whole network of volunteers of support work, by different forms of district and borough and county council across the county, reaches those who need it.

We all of us want to make sure that we get through this crisis, and above all that we protect the most vulnerable people in our communities.

That is what we want to do and we do it best as Kent Together.

Roger Gough, leader of Kent County Council