Coddenham COVID-19 Response Group – Case Study

Coddenham Covid-19 Response Group are a new group that has been set up, with support from and operating under the Parish Council in Coddenham, in order to respond to quickly to the need of the above average elderly population, many of whom are living on their own.   

Community groups in the small parish of Coddenham have joined forces to set up a COVID-19 Response Group and have put in place a range of services to help those without essentials or struggling with loneliness. The group is made up of representatives from the Parish Council, the community shop, the Coddenham Centre, the Church and two other local charitable trust organisations. In addition, there are many more volunteers who are helping provide services to support the local community supporting the most isolated and vulnerable residents. A local volunteer, Debbie, has set up a ‘telephone tree’ support service with a number of local volunteers. This service is available for people to call and can be used by anyone feeling lonely or just in need of a chat.  

There has never been a more important time for us to look after our neighbours and our local community. In less than a week we launched a dedicated website, email and phone number providing help and support, issued a newsletter through every door and launched a ‘telephone tree’ support service for anyone struggling with loneliness or wellbeing issues.  We are very grateful to Suffolk Community Foundation for this funding to help us deliver these vital services during this pandemic.


Neil Scoresby

Chair, Coddenham COVID-19 Response Group

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