Coronavirus - helpful community groups and organisations
Many groups are forming in Sandwell to support isolated members of the community.
These groups may be able to offer help and support such as shopping, dog walking and phone calls.
Never give your bank card or bank details to anyone that you do not know and trust and never hand over your debit card or PIN number.
Many of these support groups are on Facebook - if you have not got one, sign up for a Facebook account.
Helpful groups in Sandwell
You can also check other local Facebook pages, church websites and local community groups where you may find people offering to deliver food or other help to people who are self-isolating.
We will be adding to this list as we hear from more community organisations who are able to offer help.
We fully support the work of Sandwell residents to help in these difficult times, but we need to make clear that these groups are informal, they are not charities and the council does not manage them.
The vast majority of people involved have good intentions, but there are already some examples of vulnerable people being targeted with scams. We advise that if you ask a group for help you do not share any personal information in a public place.
We advise you message anyone who is offering to help you directly rather than in a public group and do not give them any information that is not essential for them to provide that help.
If you have any concerns about a member of a group please first speak with the group admin. If you are concerned for someone’s safety and think it is a safeguarding issue contact the council's emergency helpline.
We've also created a page of information for community groups.