This week is Mental Health Week – Now these issues I report on here, lays heavily on all our mental health. Our City Council is doing all it can to deliver service and help to our residents in Wolverhampton. Did you know that –
More than 140,000 items of vital personal protective equipment (PPE) have been sourced by the Council and delivered to care providers who have not been able to get them through their usual channels, including over 45,000 masks, 55,000 pairs of gloves, 40,000 aprons and nearly 150 litres of hand sanitiser. At the same time, £1.3m has been made available by the council to support local care providers.
Please note that the City of Wolverhampton – Our council has received 5,275 calls to a dedicated business support helpline it established early in the pandemic and has already paid out £32.4m in grants to local businesses. It has also processed £30m in business rates relief. All of this with a background that has demanded the Authority deliver this help, when our services are so stretched and our workforce resources are not unlimited.
I am pleased also to report that – as Local Councillors our Officials also report to us that – A large number of residents have gone online for information and support, with the Council’s dedicated coronavirus pages – www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus – receiving 105,687 views, while social media posts about coronavirus by the council on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have had more than 425,000 engagements. In addition, 21,670 unique users have checked out the range of activities that children, young people and their families can enjoy through the WV Virtual Squad, www.wvvirtualsquad.co.uk
There is still so much we need to do and we are going about that. I am very proud of the City of Wolverhampton and how it has arranged and delivered extra services to the way we were operating before this awful Pandemic arrived.
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Around 100 people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness have been supported with a room and a roof. Meanwhile the new One City Fund, established with Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, raised an impressive £24,000 for local charities in its first phase – and is now seeking to raise a similar amount to support the city’s food banks in phase two. City of Wolverhampton trying hard to make our City Safe.