A PARISH council has been spearheading efforts to support the vulnerable in its community during the coronavirus crisis.

Wylam Parish Council managed to get contact details through every door in the village to let people know what help was on offer, which included getting prescriptions and shopping for people unable to leave their homes safely.

The council’s chairman, Coun. Jos Joures, explained what work had been going on in the village.

He said: “We’re very keen to remind people that it’s all there. It’s been great community spirit. We managed to get the number and email address through every door in Wylam, but there’s a small number of people in the parish who are a bit more cut off.

“We asked for volunteers and we had 80 or 90 people come forward - we haven’t even been able to use them all.

“We do have some people in vulnerable positions, so if there’s anybody in Wylam who just wants a chat, who needs a delivery, who has a problem they can’t resolve, we’re there to sort out anything.”

Residents in need of help can get in touch with the parish council via email at wylamparish@gmail.com or by calling (01661) 611908.

The village was also boosted by the news that Northumberland’s Clincal Commissiong Group would not be closing Riversdale GP surgery for the time being due to the crisis.