Gateshead Council has supported more than 2,500 residents who have requested support during the Covid-19 lockdown.

A number of shielding hubs established across Gateshead, including in some GO Gateshead leisure centres, are providing a range of vital services to local households in need. To date we've made more than 4,000 welfare check phone calls to vulnerable residents and delivered in excess of 2,400 food parcels.

Other services include an essential shopping service, prescription collections and advice regarding money, welfare benefits, housing and employment.

Our staff are also making support referrals to a number of voluntary sector partners including Age UK and Citizens Advice Gateshead, as well as faith groups and local volunteer organisations.

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said "The impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic cannot be understated. We are all facing personal challenges in these most unprecedented of times, and the response of my colleagues at Gateshead Council in supporting those most in need across our communities makes me very proud."

Gateshead Council are maintaining dedicated coronavirus web pages where residents and businesses can access a range of advice and guidance including health information, advice for jobseekers and those facing uncertainty in relation to their job, advice about what benefits can be claimed during the coronavirus crisis, a community directory of local independent businesses that are delivering food and supplies in the Gateshead area, as well as details of voluntary organisations in the borough.