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New website to link islanders with services they need in Jersey

A website has launched in Jersey to match islanders with the services they require during the Coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto/PA Images

A website has launched in Jersey to match islanders with the services they require during the coronavirus pandemic.

Connect Me combines the resources available from the government, the parishes, the voluntary and community sector, local businesses and individuals.

So far, over 2,000 people and 170 businesses have registered to help out.

Services are split into four categories:

  • Addressing critical needs – This includes things like food deliveries for those in hardship and dog walking for individuals who cannot leave their homes.
  • Providing information – This includes linking customers to lists of retailers offering food delivery and information on how to access Income Support and emergency accommodation.
  • Coordinating new volunteers – This involves working with the website to collate volunteer details to deploy the most appropriate people to the charities and individuals who are most in need.
  • Supporting voluntary and community sector organisations – During times of heightened demand, Connect Me can help ensure organisations are well resourced to support Islanders.

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Anyone who is fit and well, is encouraged to register as a volunteer here.

There are a wide range of roles, both in the community - such as delivering essential supplies and hot meals - to home based roles, such as translating or calling someone in need of a chat.

Although yesterday’s announcement that Islanders must now stay at home to help reduce the spread of coronavirus was made to help save lives, we realise that it will bring about a wide range of needs and concerns, particularly from the most vulnerable in our community.

That is why we have launched Connect Me – to ensure that we are connecting those in need with the help available, quickly and safely.

– Deputy Judy Martin, Minister for Social Security

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