Mayor to telephone vulnerable residents and frontline workers

Published: 23 April 2020

Council House at night

Councillor Frank Harwood wants to reach out by offering a telephone chat service

Would you like a telephone chat with the Mayor of Derby?

Councillor Frank Harwood wants to reach out by offering a telephone chat service to help support elderly and vulnerable people in the city who are self-isolating.

He said he came up with the idea to help combat loneliness during the coronavirus lockdown.

He said:

My civic duties ended abruptly in mid-March due to coronavirus.  I want to do something to help the community, however given my age I am unable to volunteer for any tasks outside my home. Phoning self-isolating people who are home alone is a way I can help; I know how much many organisations and charities like to have a visit from the Mayor. Many individuals also enjoy a surprise visit on an anniversary or special birthday. Phoning some of these people for a chat seems like a way I can continue to brighten people’s days.

The Mayor also stated his intention to contact key workers to thank them for their efforts in keeping vital public services running during the current public health emergency.

There are so many people in Derby working extraordinarily hard to keep residents safe and well. If they have a moment to spare, I’d love to be able to speak with them too.

Phone calls will be made by an appointment basis and will be about 10 minutes long.

If you would like to receive a phone call from the Mayor, or would like to nominate somebody to receive a phone call, please contact the Mayor’s office on 01332 643066, Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Alternatively you can get in touch by emailing with the name of recipient of the phone call and telephone number. You will then be given a time slot when the mayor will call.

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