Hundreds of people are supporting a new service to help those who have been affected by coronavirus.

Hertsmere Borough Council, in partnership with volunteer group Communities 1st, is ensuring that people and businesses across the borough receive vital support following the spread of Covid-19.

This will be done through a newly set-up Compassionate Community Connector programme for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others.

These people will be given a range of volunteer roles ranging from dog walking and befriending through to call handling and back office functions.

So far nearly 250 across Hertsmere have signed up to support the service.

Stephen Craker, Chief Executive of Communities1st said: "We’re pleased that Hertsmere Borough Council is supporting our endeavours to organise volunteers effectively during this public health emergency.

"We’re anticipating that there will be a huge demand for help across the borough from people struggling to get out of their homes because of age, disability or illness.

"By becoming a Compassionate Community Connector, you can be confident that your work will be coordinated and directed towards those in real need.

"People who are being helped by our volunteers will have the assurance that appropriate safeguarding measures are in place.”

Councillor Morris Bright MBE, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, added: “Many people across the borough want to do their bit to help at this very challenging time, and it’s important that the effort is co-ordinated effectively.

"We are very keen to do whatever we can to support everything that is being done to ensure everyone in our communities who needs practical help and support can access it.”

Anyone who would like to offer support to someone in their community, can sign up to the programme using the online form: or by phone: 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.