The Bury Mutual Aid Group was formed by residents of the Borough of Bury to organise community response activities and has recently been majorly expanded to include many new volunteers across the borough to support people suffering from the direct and indirect effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, by providing various services to support vulnerable and elderly people and those in self-isolation. We currently have over 500 new members and are still rapidly expanding, with many people very keen to do what they can to support their local communities and their most vulnerable residents.
The group is managed by a core team of volunteers, many of whom from public service backgrounds. BuryMAGs main goal is to utilise their large number of volunteers currently to provide support for those in isolation to reduce risk of infection, and to provide supplementary support to reduce pressure on public services, by providing services for those self-isolating and those engaged in emergency public service activities. These activities are envisioned to include food and supplies deliveries to those in isolation, emergency childcare arrangements for those in isolation or who are providing a public service response, auxiliary medical staff to support district nurses and reduce pressure on A&E services, isolation reduction and well-being schemes for those self-isolating, and borough level organisation and co-ordination activities to support local volunteers in providing adhoc services to their local residents.
Their absolute priority is the safety of their volunteers and service users and are strictly following national guidelines including those issued by the DHSC to prevent and reduce infections, as is noted in their operational policies.
FOR THOSE IN NEED OF SUPPORT
BuryMAG have a dedicated hotline number is 07594 747 509
The Email Address is Info@BuryMAG.org
You can find them on Twitter @BuryMAGroup
Or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BuryMAGroup/
If you have a resident who may need extra support but is unable to self-refer, please refer them to us by email at Info@BuryMAG.org
IF YOU CAN HELP
BuryMAG are going to be in need of new volunteers throughout the crisis, and you can sign-up here: https://forms.gle/eAsv8VuxjywWDHq37
BuryMAG are also keen for people to help out as Local Coordinators, particularly those with a background in providing public services and who know their communities well. If you or anyone you know would be up for this, sign up at this link: https://forms.gle/Lz1H8g3cE4mrbJ9G6
Thank you all for all your hard work in the current crisis.