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Volunteers set up virus support group and now needs help themselves find more helpers

PUBLISHED: 18:55 26 March 2020 | UPDATED: 18:55 26 March 2020

Volunteer Tom Millmore practising social distancing picking up supplies from Howbury Friends Food Bank in Slade Green. Picture: IHB

Volunteer Tom Millmore practising social distancing picking up supplies from Howbury Friends Food Bank in Slade Green. Picture: IHB

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A group of volunteers are doing their bit amid the Covid chaos and have set up a group called Isolation Help Bexley, or IHB.

Key member Dave Paul said: “We are keen to raise our profile as much as possible as we strive to recruit more volunteers and secure resources.”

It was set up on March 17 by a small group of Bexley residents who had all met via the Next Door app.

At that time, their concern was that of panic buying and the impact that this would have on elderly and vulnerable members of their communities.

He said two ladies in particular Fiona Thompson and Michelle Rousewell, then initiated what is now known as IHB.

Fiona and Michelle enlisted the assistance of Dave, Eugene Petzer, Ash Bennett, and Liz Millimore.

Dave said: “That team, with its broad set of skills and experience, proceeded to develop the framework that has made IHB the cohesive unit that we now see.

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“The team agreed on a critical objective; that every resident in the borough Of Bexley would know about us, and how we could help.

“We developed our strap line ‘committed to ensuring NOBODY self isolating in Bexley will feel isolated’ and we launched our social media and leafleting campaigns.

“IHB is now an efficient operation focussed on providing assistance to the vulnerable of Bexley by delivering a structured service.

“The overall coordination of IHB is managed by Fiona and Dave and is supported by managerial leads.”

He added: “Visitors to our website at can register as a Person in Need known as a PIN or as a volunteer and complete an online form. Once that form is completed, they are added to a mapping system. That mapping system then shows ‘at a glance’ details of all of IHB’s PINs and volunteers. We can see which volunteer is closest to which PIN.

“It has really worked well but we want to reach everyone who feels they need our help. Each Pin is graded in accordance with their particular need.”

Anyone needing help or wants to join should visit

https://sites.google.com/view/nextdoorbexley/home


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